CANCER symptoms can be mistaken for less serious health conditions which can lead to the disease being ignored and left untreated. But ignoring cancer symptoms can significantly reduce your chances of survival. A lump is one of the most recognised signs, but here are seven more to look out for.
Cancer is a condition where cells in the body grow and reproduce uncontrollably, destroying surrounding healthy tissue and organs. There is currently no cure, which is why it’s important to recognise symptoms as early on as possible. A lump is one of the most recognised signs of cancer, possibly indicating testicular cancer or breast cancer. But there are some other signs you need to be aware of, according to Cancer Research UK.
Every cancer has its own specific set of symptoms, but there are some more general ones to be aware of.
Unexplained weight loss
Small weight loss changes over time are considered normal, but the research charity advises if you lose a noticeable amount to see your doctor.
Unexplained pain or ache
Pain is one way our bodies tell us tat something is wrong, it says, adding: “As we get older, it’s more common to experience aches and pains.
“But if you have unexplained, ongoing pain, or pain that comes and goes, make an appointment to see your doctor.”
Bloating is a common problem after eating certain foods. But it warns, if you feel bloated, most days, even if it comes and goes, make an appointment to see your doctor.
Heartburn is normal, especially after eating a large, fatty or spicy meal.But if you have heartburn or indigestion a lot, or if it is particularly painful, then you should see a doctor, it says.
A change in bowel habit
A change in bowel habit counts as constipation, looser poo or posing more often. Stomach bugs and food poisoning are often the cause of loose and frequent bowel movements. But it’s still important to tell your doctor if you experience this.
Blood in poo
The most common cause of blood in poo is piles, but it can also sometimes be a sign of cancer.
It says: “Your doctor wants to know if you spot blood when you go to the toilet.”
Blood in pee
Blood in your pee should always be reported to a doctor, it advises.
It adds: “Usually this is not caused by cancer and can be treated quickly and easily, but it could be a sign of cancer.
“Your doctor will be able to tell you what the cause is.”