In 2015, over 78,000 Canadians died due to cancer-related diseases and the Canadian Cancer Society claims two out of five Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in life. To that end, here are seven signs associated with cancer growth and should be brought to the attention of a doctor immediately.
1.Cancer Signs: Weight Loss
Everyone loses weight at some point, whether it is through exercise or diet, but losing great amounts of weight over a short period of time is never a good thing, especially if no deliberate action is being taken to reduce overall body weight. Unintended rapid weight loss is a sign of something going wrong with the gastrointestinal sect. As such, rapid or chronic weight loss has been associated with pancreatic, stomach and esophagus cancer.
2.Cancer Signs: Fatigue
We all feel tired now and again, some more than others, but if feelings of constant tiredness persist over long periods of time, it is likely a symptom of a biological disruption. Fatigue over time impacts our livelihoods, negating performance at home or work and often leads to disrupted lifestyles. Fatigue is most commonly noted as a symptom of melanoma (skin cancer), lymphoma, leukemia and myeloma (all blood cancers).
3.Cancer Signs: Respiratory Distress
Coughing is a sign of lung infection or irritation but when a persistent cough develops and lasts for an extended period of time – more than three weeks – it is a sign that something is quite wrong with the lungs. The same is said for the development and prolonged emergence of wheezing and shortness of breath. Coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath are associated with symptoms of lung cancer, as is the more advanced stage of coughing up blood.
4.Cancer Signs: Blood Loss
Sometimes the body suffers unexpected bleeding and blood loss through friction or wear and tear, but when the bleeding is persistent it becomes a matter for concern. Prolonged blood loss is associated with ovarian, cervical, breast, lung and stomach cancer. However, some blood loss during chemotherapy (radiotherapy for cancer) is common and most times, expected .
5.Cancer Signs: Pain
Early stages of cancer are uncomfortable but pain is a sign of more advanced stages of the disease. Pain is a symptom of the cancer growth as its mass increases, replacing old cells with deformed and abnormal cells that once in abundance form a tumor. Bone and pancreatic cancer are recognized as being two of the most painful cancers to have.
6.Cancer Signs: Moles
Moles are surface growths of benign melanocytes, slightly raised on the skin with a brownish color. Cancerous moles often turn black and inverted on the surface of the skin, a sure sign of melanoma. Melanoma moles vary in shape or size and one definite way of knowing whether or not it is cancerous is the blackish color and the inversion rather than the raised surface.
7.Cancer Signs: Bowel and Stomach
Urinating or defecating comes with a usual routine, but prolonged or extended periods of urination or absence of such could be a sign of either stomach or bowel cancer. Prolonged constipation and diarrhea point to rectum, colon or bowel cancer. Additional symptoms of cancer of these parts can be fever and pain.