Prevention is preferable to cure - this is a common saying that also applies to cancer. It is estimated that70% of all cancer deaths are due to advancement of the illness because it was not detected early in stage 1 or 2. Detecting a cancer early will not only help in the treatment, but also can permanently eradicated the cancer by taking early and appropriate action. It is recommended to have a routine examination which can be a systemic, general physical examination, or specific biochemical assays. More often a doctor can find a sign of cancer during an examination or while treating the patient for something else other than cancer. Often cancer symptoms can go unnoticed for a long time which makes it difficult to identify the illness. Losing weight for no reasons in a short period of time, a sore that doesn’t heal, pain, anemia, weakness, difficulty in breathing, nagging cough, altered urination and bowel patterns need to be carefully reported.
It is a well-known fact that the earlier you discover the cancer, the better the outcome will be! It’s much better to diagnose a cancer while it’s small in size and before it has spread. Chances of a full recovery and cure through surgery by removing the tumor in the early stages are much higher than diagnosing it in the late stages.
It’s important to know and be aware of general symptoms of cancer. However one needs to remember that those symptoms are general, and they can be indication of any illness. In other words, the symptoms are not only specific to cancer, so don’t panic if you experienced any of the symptoms. Consult your doctor as soon as possible.
Most cancer patients lose weight for unknown reasons in a short period of time. For instance, it will be significant if you lose more than 10 pounds in less than a month while not on a diet and there is no good reason to explain the loss. This is especially true with lung, pancreatic, and colon cancers.
Many of patients with cancer experienced fever for unknown reasons. The presence of fever usually indicates the spread of cancer; fever is usually a late symptom of cancer. Some cancers, such as leukemia (blood cancer) and lymphoma (lymph node cancer) may cause fever in the early stages.
Cancer can produce fatigue symptoms in two ways; either by consuming the body energy while growing quickly or by causing inexplicable blood loss, such as in colon cancer when patient loses blood through the stool.
Pain can be an early symptom, such as in bone cancer, or it can be a late symptom that indicates metastasis of cancer. For example, back pain may be due to metastatic colon, rectum, breast, or ovarian cancer.
Abnormal changes in skin could be a sign of skin cancer or with any metastatic cancer to the skin. Those changes include: