Cancer is a complicated disease. It can appear anywhere in the body in a number of forms and affect people in different ways. Sometimes it can come as a massive shock to someone who has been diagnosed with cancer that they have it. While it isn’t just a simple case of looking at your body and knowing that something is awry, there are common symptoms and signs which a person may want checked out. And while most of the symptoms in this article can be signs for any number of illnesses, it is good to know what to look for.
The biggest tell-tale sign of a tumour on the body is a lump growing irregularly. Visiting a GP is the most important thing you can do. Let them know if the lump is causing discomfort, has quickly changed size or shape and just how long you’ve noticed it being on the body. If they deem it to be possibly cancerous, they’ll refer you to a specialist.
Continued weight loss that can’t be explained is a major problem to have. If you haven’t altered your diet or upped your exercise routine and find yourself dropping waist size, then you’ll need to see a doctor.
If you notice a mole on your body and haven’t seen it before, you should go and get it checked out. A lot of melanomas originate in areas where there is a mole. While having them is completely normal. There are a few signifiers that a mole might be a problem. If it has an asymmetrical shape (i.e. one side is shaped differently from the other), the border of the mole looks jagged or the colour of the moles is a few shades different in areas, it should be checked out. The same goes if you notice a mole getting larger over a few months.
Feeling breathless could be a result of any lung related problems. If you find yourself having a feeling of being breathless for a month and coughing too, its best to visit a doctor and get a full check up to make sure it isn’t a serious lung problem.
If you have blood in your urine, you shouldn’t bat it away and hope it will go away. Any sort of bleeding you experience that is out of the ordinary is something you should be getting looked at. If you vomit up blood, suffer from constant nosebleeds or bleed between periods, you should get it seen and make sure they’re not the tell-tale signs of a tumour they can be.
If you think you have any of these symptoms and are worried you may have an illness, you should always visit your GP before being recommended to visit a specialist cancer clinic for advice.