Cancer patients who belong to the age group of 12-25 may fall under the section of diagnosed, but still, among one-third of them get diagnosed too late. This life-threatening disease is difficult to diagnose already, and the more you delay in the early stages, the more dangerously it grows inside your body.
A report suggests that in initial stages people waste almost three visits to their physicians before ending up in a cancer speciality facility. The Teenage Cancer Trust in the UK has already announced the Teenage Cancer Action Week which will raise awareness among the youth about the most common signs and symptoms of cancer. These are the most common signs which we take for granted in our day to day life. For instance, change of the colour of a mole on your body, untimely bleeding, back pain and much more. Let's have a look at the most common symptoms below!
The unexplained pain in any part of the body should not be ignored. Though some types of pain come and go, and some do persist. For instance, pain in the abdomen region may signal ovarian cancer, a persistent pain in the chest could mean lung cancer and list goes on.
Though allergies cause a cough and cold, a persistent cough is a warning signal. You may find it strange, but even non-smokers are susceptible to lung, throat and larynx cancer. Therese Bartholomew Bevers, MD of the MD Anderson Cancer Center, US, says, "Most coughs are not cancer, but a persistent cough needs to be evaluated because it can be a symptom of lung cancer."
Finding blood in urine or having to pee more often or less often than your normal routine may be pointing towards some infection may cause cancer in bladder or kidney.
While some bowel changes may be a result of your eating disruptions or certain medications, a prolonged change in the shape, size, and timing of your bowel movements may signal colon cancer.
If you feel tired most of the times without any apparent reason, it indicates blood cancer, leukaemia.
Vaginal bleeding or blood in the urine (when you are not in your periods) may be indicative of cervical cancer, blood in the stool may signal colon or rectal cancer, and blood in the phlegm or a cough may be a sign of lung cancer.
If you observe any sudden or unexplained lumps or bumps growing under your skin, then it is recommended to consult a physician and get yourself checked for any underlying health problem. While it may just be a benign cyst, chances of it being cancer growing in the subterranean tissue cannot be ruled out.
See a dermatologist if you notice new moles on your skin or if you find your existing moles changing shape, size, and color. It may signal melanoma, a deadly skin cancer.
A sore that doesn't heal for more than three weeks, should be checked by a doctor. The kind of sores that don't heal soon could be indicative of carcinoma, say experts.
If you have been losing weight without efforts or dieting, then you should consult a physician. It could point to a liver or colon cancer. Sudden weight gain is not normal either and should be reason enough to send you rushing to your doctor.
Persistent trouble in swallowing should not be ignored. It may be a tumor blocking your throat or could be the neck, head or oesophageal cancer.