Early signs of cancer can be so understated that most people simply disregard them as common aches and pains. As per a British study, published in PLOs One, even minor health problems can indicate a more serious disorder.
According to the study author, Katriina Whitaker, a research fellow from University College London, most people ignore these signs. Although these symptoms will not indicate cancer for most, they still can for some; therefore a visit to the doctor could be life-saving.
Lump or bumps
Lump or bumps
Changes in the lymphatic system, including cancer onset, are normally manifested by enlarged lymph nodes. Any lump on your body requires instant medical attention.
Excessive bruising or bleeding that will not stop
A sign of leukemia can be the irregular function of the platelets and red blood cells. The red blood cell’s ability to carry oxygen is compromised as leukemia cells take over, which leads to blood clotting.
Changes in fingernails
Any change in the fingernails that has not been caused by physical trauma can point to several types of cancer. Skin cancer is normally manifested by a brown or black streak or dot under the nail, whereas lung cancer is signaled by nail clubbing, which is an enlargement of the ends of the fingers with nails that bend down over the tips. Liver cancer can sometimes be indicated by pale or white nails.
A red, sore, or swollen breast
Sore, red, and/or swollen breasts can be a sign of inflammatory breast cancer. Any change in your breast appearance asks for an immediate medical examination.
Changes in nipples
As reported by the majority of breast cancer patients, the primary sign of breast cancer, they noticed before being diagnosed was a change in their nipple that began to appear flattened, inverted, or turned sideways.
Lung cancer can also be manifested by face swelling, and is caused by the small cell lung tumors that usually block the blood vessels in the chest, preventing the free blood flow from your head and face. Many lung-cancer patients have had puffiness, swelling or redness in the face.
A sore that does not heal becomes crusty or bleeds easily
Different types of skin cancer, including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma are usually indicated by unusual changes on your skin.