Cancer is one of the leading fatal diseases today and it has become a major concern for many people given that it has no cure and anyone can get infected. However, when the cancer is identified early in its development, treatments can be started sooner and one’s chances of survival are higher, hence doctors advise that people should pay attention to their bodies and identify any early symptoms so that they can get an early diagnosis. Some of the early signs of cancer that you should be aware of that can help you get an early diagnosis have been discussed below.
If you feel lumps on your skin or some thickened skin, then this could be an indication of cancer in your body. In many cases, the presence of lumps or thickened skin areas is a major indicator of breast cancer or the cancer of male private organs. It is, therefore, a cause for alarm when you touch your breast and feel that there are some lumps on it, or similarly, on your male private reproductive organ since these lumps or even the thickened skin can usually be felt through the skin hence one can easily feel them as they shower or dress. One should not, therefore, that once they feel the presence of lumps or any area of thickened skin on their bodies, especially on the breast or the male reproductive organ, then they should try to see a professional medical doctor as soon as possible to check out the lumps and ascertain the presence of cancer as early as possible, or rule it out as well if it was nothing to worry about.
It is also important for one to be aware that pain can also be one of the early symptoms of cancer . It is highly unfortunate that many people today do not pay much attention to various pains in their bodies since they dismiss it as normal pain that would go away, or they attribute it to factors like fatigue or work pressure or stress and take some pain killers to reduce the pain. When it comes to pain, especially persistent pain, one is always advised to seek a medical opinion from a highly qualified medical doctor, and even if possible, one can seek a second medical opinion just to be sure since in most cases, there is usually a serious medical issue behind most persistent pains even if it is a persistent headache and the earlier the disease is diagnosed, the better the chances of treating it successfully with minimal damage and minimal medical fees.
Yet another cause for alarm is the inexplicable loss of weight, especially when it is ten pounds or more. Loss of weight may seem like a small issue, except when one cannot seem to see any reason as to why they should be losing weight in the first place, then it becomes an issue as it could represent the presence of an underlying medical issue, sometimes one as serious as cancer.
It is, therefore, wise to see you, doctor, as soon as you see one or more of these symptoms in your body so that, if it really is cancer, then you can begin treatments as soon as possible.