11 signs of cancer that people tend to ignore

You shouldn't ignore these eleven cancer symptoms.

It is known that cancer, in any of its forms, is a disease that has claimed many, many lives.

Something that hundreds of doctors have asked the world’s population is to be alert to the slightest sign of illness and seek medical advice to achieve early diagnosis of the disease.

Since it is important to consider and count some things as possible early warning signs of cancer, I want to point out 11 symptoms of this disease that people frequently overlook.

1. Frequent dry cough and hoarseness

Although the cough appears to be harmless, when it arises from nothing, becomes persistent, and includes bleeding, it is better to contemplate the idea of ​​going to the doctor than to discover lung cancer.

Regarding hoarseness, this is a symptom of inflammation in the vocal cords and may be evidence of a lesser evil or throat cancer.

2. Loss or unexplained weight gain

If you lose or gain weight from nothing and have been following your usual diet, it’s time to open your eyes and go to the doctor to check what’s up. It could be a sign of pancreatic cancer, stomach, esophagus or lung cancer.

Another sign that many people overlook is the difficulty in swallowing food, or if it’s very painful, as it could be a sign of esophageal or throat cancer.

3. Changes in bowel routine

Regarding bowel habits, all people are different. While some go to the bathroom frequently, others suffer from constipation regularly.

An obvious sign that something is not working as it should is to note the color of your stool or whether they have blood, or if diarrhea or constipation is chronic, and a strong desire to go to the bathroom but that doing so is an impossible task and is signaled by an accompanying abdominal pain.

Pay attention to the above symptoms of indigestion, unexplained cramps in your stomach; these should be enough signs that something is not right with the intestines.

4. Unusual vaginal bleeding

Bleeding outside the normal menstrual cycle is anything but ordinary. This is a strong indication of problems with the uterus and cervix.

If you also have bleeding it is better to go to the gynecologist as soon as possible and avoid an unpleasant surprise.

5. Unexplained exhaustion and back pain

Pain in the lower back without any cause, may be evidence of ovarian cancer.

If this condition is associated with fatigue or tiredness, and they have no real explanation, then it’s time to go to the doctor.

6. Jaundice

Jaundice is a yellowing in the skin, mucous membranes and eyes. Usually it occurs when there are anomalies concerning the liver, such as hepatitis or worse conditions: liver cancer.

7. Changes in the skin or moles

To prevent skin cancer, it is recommended that you use high spectrum sunscreens and even further coverage such as clothing.

If you still notice that your moles change shape, color, size, and also your skin is altered and presents dander, time to go to a dermatologist for a proper diagnosis.

8. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

It is normal for a healthy person without asthma ailments in any previous period of their life to have these symptoms, but it is also better if you happen to feel you cannot breathe in abnormal circumstances to go to the doctor and rule out lung cancer.

9. Frequent infections

If you notice in yourself, or one of your children, have frequent infections and are very slow to heal from cuts and scrapes and also fever becomes common almost every day, then it is good to get a blood test and other check-ups because it could be leukemia.

10. Changes in the color of urine and frequency of urination

Have you noticed that the color of your urine is darker than usual or smells strange?

In addition, the more times you go to the bathroom and your need is still uncontrollable?

If this is happening to you, it is a sign that something is not well with your urinary system or your ovaries.

11. Frequent pain in the pelvis

Pelvic pain is not normal in a healthy woman and can be a sign that there are problems with the reproductive system.

If there is swelling in the lower abdomen and during sex, in addition to nausea, vomiting and frequent stomachaches, it is better to go to the gynecologist, because it may be early evidence of cervical cancer or something a little more “simple “such as ovarian cysts.

Although many of the above symptoms may seem insignificant and could be manifestations of lesser evils, the best thing to do is to go to your doctor and discount the worst.

This is an adaptation and translation of the original article “11 síntomas de cáncer que las personas ignoran.” It has been republished here with permission.

Erika Otero Romero

I am a psychologist focused on working with communities, children and adolescents at risk.