Subtle signs of cancer you shouldn’t ignore
First Published 15, Aug 2020, 5:32 PM
Everyone knows how dangerous cancer is. Depending on the type of cancer and the stage it is in, it can be cured or treated or prove fatal. However, there are lesser-known and more subtle signs of cancer that most people ignore.
Steady and never-ending pain:
When you have steady and persistent pain, particularly in your shoulder, arm, the chest or abdomen area, have it checked out.
Possible indications: Lung or ovarian cancer
Unusual weight loss or gain:
Weight loss is good. Unexpected weight loss, not so much, especially if it’s rather out of the ordinary; The same holds true for weight gain. Anything more than gaining or losing weight of around 7kg, is a red flag.
Possible indications: Pancreatic
Mostly, this is due to poor oral hygiene. Or if you’re on a particular diet, medication or a heavy smoker, but if it's persistent, and has an unusual smell, get it tested. The same holds true if you have trouble swallowing, too.
Possible indications: Mouth, oesophageal or larynx cancer
If you experience unexpected bleeding that’s not part of your menstrual cycle, or you experience unexpected blood in your stools, get yourself to the doctor.
Possible indications: Colo-rectal or cervical cancer.
If you’ve been coughing for more than two weeks, even post the flu season, or if you happen to cough up blood, then it could be a sign of cancer.
Possible indications: Lung or throat cancer