Catching cancer early can literally save your life.
While regular pap smears and mammograms are important, recognizing cancer symptoms and warning signs is just as important in early detection.
Here are 7 warning signs of cancer:
Breast changes: A lump, swelling, redness, nipple changes or other breast abnormalities can all be early warning signs.
Irregular bleeding: Blood in your urine or stool, or bleeding from a cut or scrape that doesn’t clot, can be a sign of something wrong. If you’re bleeding excessively or from somewhere that doesn’t seem right, then it is best to see a doctor.
Bloating: Most women write off bloat as a symptom of menstruation, overeating, or just “having a fat day.” But frequent bloating may indicate ovarian cancer, a “silent killer” because of its vague cancer symptoms.
Sores that do not heal: Skin cancers may bleed and look like sores that don’t heal. A long-lasting sore in the mouth can be an oral cancer. This should be dealt with right away, especially in people who smoke, chew tobacco, or often drink alcohol.
Dark vertical stripes on finger nails: Fingernails can reveal diseases, some of which can be fatal if they are not diagnosed early. Dark vertical stripes along the nail — “linear melanochia” — is one of the most obvious and dangerous warning signals your fingernails can send, but often overlooked and ignored because they don’t cause any pain. But linear melanochia can actually indicate a form of skin cancer that affects only the nail bed, known as “Subungal Melanoma”.
Fatigue: Fatigue can be a sign of many illnesses, or simply a case of being overtired. However, if you are constantly tired, even when you are getting plenty of rest, then you should see a medical professional.
Skin changes: Changes in shape, size or texture of moles; scaling, peeling or bleeding skin; and mouth sores can all be cancer symptoms.