Many cancers can be treated if caught early, so it’s important to be aware of signs to look out for. Not skipping annual checkups, paying attention to changes in your body, and talking to your doctor regularly can be a matter of life and death. Eat this, not that! Health spoke to experts who explained what deadly signs of cancer to look out for and why. Read on – and don’t miss these to protect your health and the health of others Sure signs you already had COVID.
dr John Diaz, Head of Gynecological Oncology Miami Cancer Institute, part of Baptist Health South Florida, explains, “What is considered normal bowel and bladder habits is different for each person. If you notice a change from what is normal for you, it’s time to tell a doctor. Constipation or diarrhea can indicate many medical problems, one of which can be a symptom of cancer. It’s important to pay attention to your stool and see if it’s changing or contains blood. Changes in urination, particularly an increase in urinary frequency, could be related to bladder cancer or many gynecologic cancers. Also, if you experience pain or blood when urinating, you should track this symptom and let your doctor know about it. Blood in the urine is generally the first sign of bladder or kidney cancer, but it’s also a symptom of many gynecologic cancers, such as ovarian or vaginal cancer.
dr Diaz says, “The vulva is the outer surface of the female genitalia. Things to look out for include changes in the color or texture of the skin, such as a rash, sores, or warts. It’s also important to look out for itching, burning, or pain that doesn’t go away at the vulva, which can be signs of vulvar cancer.”
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“Many women live busy lives and are usually tired,” says Dr. Diaz. “But it’s not normal to be extremely tired all the time. Fatigue could be a symptom because the cancer cells use up a lot of the body’s energy supply.”
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dr Diaz says, “Most women dream that their extra pounds will just melt away. But if you’ve lost 10 pounds or more without changing your exercise habits or diet, it could indicate a problem. While the cancer symptom of difficulty eating may play a role in weight loss, other cancer-related causes may be behind weight loss. Unexplained weight loss is most common with pancreatic, stomach or lung cancer, but can also be seen in a number of cancers. This could also be a symptom of a problem with your thyroid.”
dr Jesse P. Houghton, MD, FACG Senior Medical Director of Gastroenterology SOMC Gastroenterology Associates adds, “The most common symptom in all types of cancer is unintentional weight loss. This may not be present when the cancer is just beginning but is very common in advanced cancer. Now I would caution you not to worry too much if you have an unintended weight loss as there are other possible explanations (hyperthyroidism , uncontrolled diabetes, depression). Always look for a condition that could explain this. So I am asking about other accompanying symptoms as this points me to the source of the potential cancer. For example, weight loss with new constipation or rectal bleeding, suggests a possible colon or rectal cancer Weight loss with blood in the urine, suggests bladder or prostate cancer Weight loss with new cough or coughing up blood, could indicate lung cancer Weight loss with jaundice (yellowing of the eyes), can mean pancreatic or liver cancer. Likewise, someone who is experiencing weight loss with abnormal vaginal bleeding should have a pelvic exam to rule out uterine or cervical cancer. So I recommend paying attention to your body and any new ones Symptoms you may have, especially if they don’t go away or are associated with unintentional weight loss.
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dr Daniel Boyer of the Farr Institute explains: “Prostate cancer is a type of cancer that affects the prostate gland in men. It is the second leading cause of cancer deaths for most men in the United States. It usually develops when the rate of cell division increases the rate at which cells in the prostate die. Prostate cancer may not show any signs or symptoms in its early stages of development, but some deviations from normal body function may be an indication that prostate cancer is about to develop. These early signs are known as prostate cancer risk factors. The most common risk factor for prostate cancer is a change in the way a man urinates, characterized by: difficulty starting or emptying the bladder, less urine flow when urinating, Dripping urine after urinating, an urge to urinate – especially at night, and a sudden urge to urinate. Also, urine can spill before it even reaches the bathroom.” And to protect your life and the lives of others, don’t visit any of them 35 places where you are most likely to contract COVID.