Cancer is a group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body. Not all tumors are cancerous; benign tumors do not spread to other parts of the body. Possible signs and symptoms include a lump, abnormal bleeding, prolonged cough, unexplained weight loss and a change in bowel movements. While these symptoms may indicate cancer, they may have other causes. Over 100 types of cancers affect humans.
Tobacco use is the cause of about 22% of cancer deaths. Another 10% is due to obesity, poor diet, lack of physical activity, and excessive drinking of alcohol. Other factors include certain infections, exposure to ionizing radiation and environmental pollutants. Most African women ignore these 20 cancer signs, yet they are the deadliest.
1. UNEXPLAINED WEIGHT LOSS:
This symptom usually points out to colon and other digestive cancers. Additionally, it could be a sign of cancer that has spread to the liver, affecting the appetite and the ability of the body to eliminate toxins.
2. CHANGES IN THE NAILS:
Fingernail changes could indicate several cancers. For example, a brown or black streak or a dot under the nail could be a symptom of skin cancer, whereas the newly-discovered “clubbing”- enlargement of the ends of the finger with nails that curve down over the tips- could indicate lung cancer. Furthermore, pale or white nails could sometimes be a symptom of liver cancer.
3. SWOLLEN FACE:
Many lung cancer patients have swollen or red face due to the fact that lung tumors block the chest blood vessels and restrict the blood flow to the face.
4. SORE/SKIN LUMPS:
Check every skin and as these lumps or bleeds may indicate skin cancer or basal cell melanoma.
5. RED/ SWOLLEN/SORE BREASTS:
A clear sign of breast cancer.
6. NIPPLE CHANGES:
The most common change before a final diagnosis is made. The nipple might be inverted, flat or sideways.
7. PAINFUL AND STRANGE PERIODS OR IN BETWEEN PERIOD SPOTTING:
This might be uterus cancer. Do a trans-vaginal ultrasound if you have heavier periods.
8. SHORT BREATH/ WHEEZING:
Indicates of lung cancer.
9. CHRONIC COUGH/CHEST PAIN:
Indicates on a several types of cancer like leukemia, this is followed with bad cough, lung cancer is followed with
chest pain and it is taking your down side and the arm.
10. FEVERS AND INFECTIONS:
Frequent fevers and infections may indicate leukemia as the infectious blood cells remove all shields of energy of the body.
11. SWELLING IN LYMPH NODES, NECK, ARMPITS, AND GROIN:
Enlarged nodes often indicate cancer.
12. DIFFICULTY SWALLOWING:
This issue may be a sign of throat/esophageal or lung cancer.
13. BRUISES AND BLEEDING’S THAT DON’T STOP:
This can be a sign of leukemia since this diseases is manifested by more leukemia cells than red blood cells, which in turn inhibits the transportation of oxygen and leads to clotting.
14. WEAKNESS AND FATIGUE:
General fatigue and weakness may be a sign of many kinds of cancer. Consider any other weird symptom that you have in order to determine whether it is cancer. Consult your doctor every time you feel exhausted for no reason, also in cases when proper sleeping does not help either.
15. BLOATING AND ABDOMINAL WEIGHT GAIN:
Women who suffer from ovarian cancer, reported unexplained abdominal bloating which appeared suddenly and continued on and off for a longer period of time.
16. LOW APPETITE:
Low appetite is common sign of ovary cancer and many patients reported having less appetite than normal.
17. PELVIC PAIN:
Pelvic pain, cramps around the pelvis, and bloating may indicate ovary cancer or leukemia, due to the enlargement of the spleen.
18. UPSET BELLY/BELLY ACHE:
These cramps also mean colorectal cancer.
19. BACK PAIN AND LOWER BACK RIGHT SIDE PAIN:
A lot of cancer patients indicated this as liver cancer sign. Also breast cancer can do this since the tumor presses back to the chest or spine and ribs.
20. BLOODY STOOL/RECTAL BLEEDING:
This is a result of colorectal cancer. The blood on the TP is a reason enough to seek medical advise.