In the United States the number one killer is heart disease. Cancer is number two. Cancer is a group of more than one hundred different diseases that can affect your body’s basic unit which is the cell. In the last twenty-five years there has been a great deal of progress in treating cancer making the five year survival rate go from fifty percent to sixty-five percent but that is still a long way from eradicating cancer and no longer making it the second most deadly killer for children, women, and men.
Lung cancer – early cancer symptoms
Each year over nine thousand women die from lung cancer, which is the presence of a malignant tumor in either one or both lungs. The most common causes are excessive alcohol consumption, having a long standing lung disease like COPD, and smoking. In order to stop the progression of this cancer, knowing the early cancer symptoms is important.
- Having persistent breathing problems and making a wheezing noise when you breathe. You have to work hard to even breathe properly.
- Chest pain that varies from dull to moderate but is persistent. This is a cancer symptom that not all women experience with approximately twenty-five percent having this symptom.
- Fatigue – this is one of the most bothersome symptoms where the fatigue does not go away after a good night’s rest or just having a good long rest. It can come on suddenly and is not because of any activity that is strenuous.
- Cough which is not usually persistent in the early stages and the episodes may come and go.
- Hemoptysis, which is the medical term for coughing up blood. When the tumor is in the lungs you may notice blood mixed with mucus.
- Changes in voice patterns which is usually a decline in your normal voice pattern causing you to talk with a hoarse voice. The hoarseness is because of the damage to the nerve that controls your voice box function by the cancerous tumor.
- Having respiratory infections that come and go because the cancerous growth in your lungs makes them susceptible to infections. Your lungs cannot defend themselves from the infections that cause bronchitis or pneumonia.
Breast cancer – early cancer symptoms
Each year over five thousand women are dying from breast cancer which is normally caused by a lump or lumps in your breast. When people hear the word breast cancer they automatically link it with women but men can get it also. Breast cancer is curable especially if caught in the early stages. It is the most common cancer in women and affects one in eight women.
- Having a feeling of warmth in your breast and swelling
- Having tenderness around your nipple
- Breast soreness
- Nipples or breast that are itchy
- Finding a lump or a thickening under your underarm area or near your breast.
- The lump is not tender
- A remarkable change in the shape or size of your breast
- Discharge from your nipple, especially a bloody charge
- Having a puckering or dimpling in the skin of your breast
- Any new pain that develops in a spot on your breast
- Nipple that turns inward
- Breast that is inflamed and red
- A lump found in the area above your collarbone that can indicate that the cancer has spread to your lymph nodes.
Colorectal cancer – early cancer symptoms
Each year over four thousand women die from colorectal cancer which is the cancer of your rectum and large intestine, referred to as the colon. It is usually caused by the outgrowths or protrusions in your colon that overtime have turned into cancerous growths.
- Having an unexplained weight loss which is a common symptom of many cancers. When you have a tumor in your large intestine it can create a bloating sensation or a feeling of fullness due the obstruction of the passage. As a result you may lose your appetite, not eat as much, causing a weight loss.
- Having abdominal discomfort and pain which is a pain you should not ignore as it is just one of the indications that you may have colorectal cancer. It will probably start out as a mild ache followed by a burning sensation in your lower abdomen or feeling a slight pricking feeling. As the pain starts to intensify it can radiate towards your pelvic region and back which is often accompanied by painful spasms and discomfort in your abdomen.
- Abnormal bleeding when it is not your menstrual cycle can be a symptom of bowel cancer. You should not ignore any considerable amount of blood in your stool or urine.
- Having a change in bowel movements – when a woman has colorectal cancer she may experience constipation or diarrhea along with a change in the consistency of the bowel movements. If these cancer symptoms last longer than fourteen days you should see your physician.
- Fatigue – you may have severe fatigue because of the large number of calories are being burnt because of a tumor.
- Digestive aliments which could be vomiting and nausea, bloating, or cramps in your lower abdomen.