I read this today and thought it would be good to keep a record.
1. Upset stomach or stomachache
of the first signs colon cancer patients remember experiencing when
they look back is unexplained stomach aches. Those with pancreatic
cancer describe a dull ache that feels like it’s pressing inward. Many
liver cancer patients say they went in complaining of stomach cramps and
upset stomachs so frequently that their doctors thought they had
ulcers. Liver cancer patients and those with leukemia can experience
abdominal pain resulting from an enlarged spleen, which may feel like an
ache on the lower left side.. If you have a stomachache that you can’t
attribute to a digestive problem or that doesn’t go away, ask your
doctor to order an ultrasound. Finding a liver or pancreatic tumor early
can make all the difference in treatment.
2. Chronic “acid stomach” or feeling full after a small meal
most common early sign of stomach cancer is pain in the upper or middle
abdomen that feels like gas or heartburn. It may be aggravated by
eating, so that you feel full when you haven’t actually eaten much.
What’s particularly confusing is that the pain can be relieved by
antacids, confirming your conclusion that it was caused by acid in the
stomach, when it’s more than that. An unexplained pain or ache in lower
right side can be the first sign of liver cancer, known as one of the
Feeling full after a small meal is a common sign of liver cancer as well.
you have frequent bouts of acid stomach, an unexplained abdominal ache,
or a full feeling after meals even when you’re eating less than normal,
call your doctor.
3. Unexplained weight loss
you notice the pounds coming off and you haven’t made changes to your
diet or exercise regime, it’s important to find out why. Unexplained
weight loss can be an early sign of colon and other digestive cancers;
it can also be a sign of cancer that’s spread to the liver, affecting
your appetite and the ability of your body to rid itself of waste.
cancer, another one of the “silent killers,” is often discovered when
someone notices jaundice and asks the doctor to do a battery of tests.
Jaundice is most commonly thought of as a yellowing of the skin or
whites of the eyes, but darker-than- normal urine that’s not the result
of dehydration is also a sign. Clay-colored stools are another
little-known sign of jaundice. Oddly, jaundice can also cause itching,
because the bile salts in the bloodstream cause the skin to itch. Some
people with pancreatic cancer say they noticed the itching before they
noticed the jaundice itself.
5. Wheezing or shortness of breath
of the first signs lung cancer patients remember noticing when they
look back is the inability to catch their breath. “ I couldn’t even walk
to my car without wheezing; I thought I had asthma, but how come I
didn’t have it before ? ”, is how one man described it. Shortness of
breath, chest pain, or spitting blood are also signs of testicular
cancer that’s spread to the lungs.
6. Chronic cough or chest pain
types of cancer, including leukemia and lung tumors, can cause symptoms
that mimic a bad cough or bronchitis. One way to tell the difference:
The problems persist, or go away and come back again in a repeating
cycle. Some lung cancer patients report chest pain that extends up into
the shoulder or down the arm.
7. Frequent fevers or infections
can be signs of leukemia, a cancer of the blood cells that starts in
the bone marrow. Leukemia causes the marrow to produce abnormal white
blood cells, which crowd out healthy white cells, sapping the body’s
infection-fighting capabilities. Doctors sometimes catch leukemia in
older adults only after the patient has been in a number of times
complaining of fever, aches, and flu-like symptoms over an extended
period of time.
8. Difficulty swallowing
commonly associated with esophageal or throat cancer, having trouble
swallowing is sometimes one of the first signs of lung cancer, too. Men
diagnosed with esophageal cancer look back and remember a feeling of
pressure and soreness when swallowing that didn’t go away the way a cold
or flu would have. Consult your doctor also if you have a frequent
feeling of needing to clear your throat or that food is stuck in your
chest; either of these can signal a narrowing of the esophagus that
could mean the presence of a tumor.
9. Chronic heartburn
you just ate half a pizza, heartburn is expected. But if you have
frequent episodes of heartburn or a constant low-level feeling of pain
in the chest after eating, call your doctor and ask to be screened for
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) — a condition in which stomach
acid rises into the esophagus, causing heartburn and an acidic taste in
the throat — can trigger a condition called Barrett’s esophagus, which
can be a precursor of esophageal cancer...
10. Swelling of facial features
patients with lung cancer report that they noticed puffiness, swelling,
or redness in the face. The explanation for this is that small cell
lung tumors commonly block blood vessels in the chest, preventing blood
from flowing freely from the head and face.
11. Swollen lymph nodes or lumps on the neck, underarm, or groin
lymph nodes indicate changes in the lymphatic system, which can be a
sign of cancer. For example, a lump or an enlarged lymph in the neck or
underarm is sometimes a sign of thyroid, head, or throat cancer. A
painless lump on the neck, underarm, or groin can be an early sign of
12. Excessive bruising or bleeding that doesn’t stop
symptom usually suggests something abnormal happening with the
platelets and red blood cells, which can be a sign of leukemia. One man
with leukemia noticed that his gums bled when he brushed his teeth;
another described bruising in strange places, such as on his fingers and
hands. The explanation : Over time, leukemia cells crowd out red blood
cells and platelets, impairing the blood’s ability to carry oxygen and
13. Weakness and fatigue
had to stop halfway across the yard and sit down when I was mowing the
lawn,” said one man when describing the fatigue that led to his
discovery of pancreatic cancer. Generalized fatigue and weakness is a
symptom of so many different kinds of cancer (and other ills) that
you’ll need to look at it in combination with other symptoms. But any
time, you feel exhausted without explanation and it doesn’t respond to
getting more sleep, talk to your doctor.
14. Rectal bleeding or blood in stool
thought it was hemorrhoids” is one of the most common statements
doctors hear when diagnosing colorectal cancer. Blood in the toilet
alone is reason to call your doctor and schedule a colonoscopy. Another
sign of blood in the stool many people miss is stools that are darker in
15. Bowel problems
Constipation, diarrhea, and changes in stools can all be signs of cancer.
with many other cancer symptoms, the way to tell if this is cause for
concern is if it goes on for more than a few days without a clear cause,
such as flu or food poisoning. People diagnosed with colon cancer say
they noticed more frequent stools, as well as a feeling that their
bowels were not emptied completely. One of the early signs of pancreatic
cancer is fatty stools, which can be recognized as frequent, large
stools that are paler than normal and smelly. This is a sign that your
body’s not absorbing your food normally, and it should be brought to
your doctor’s attention.
16. Difficulty urinating or changes in flow
the most common early sign of prostate cancer is a feeling of not being
able to start peeing once you’re set to go. Many men also report having
a hard time stopping the flow of urine, a flow that starts and stops,
or a stream that’s weaker than normal. Any of these symptoms is reason
to call your doctor for an exam and a screening test for
17. Pain or burning during urination
symptom can also indicate a urinary tract infection or sexually
transmitted disease, of course, but in any case it warrants an immediate
trip to the doctor. This symptom is often combined with the feeling
that you need to go more often, particularly at night. These same
symptoms can also indicate inflammation or infection in the prostate or
benign prostatic hyperplasia, the name for what happens when the
prostate grows bigger and blocks the flow of urine. However, you need to
get checked out to tell the difference.
18. Blood in urine or semen
are often warned about blood in the urine, but they may not realize
that blood in semen is also a danger sign for prostate cancer. Blood in
the urine or semen isn’t always visible as blood; urine may just be a
pink, dark red, or smoky brown color, while blood in the semen may just
look like a pinkish streak.
19. Erection problems
prostate cancer progresses, another very common sign is difficulty
getting or sustaining an erection. This can be a difficult subject to
talk about, but it’s important to bring it to your doctor’s attention.
It could be a sign of sexual dysfunction with another cause, of course,
but it’s a reason to have an exam and a prostate-specific antigen (PSA)
20. Pain, aching, or heaviness in the groin, hips, thighs, or abdomen
sign of prostate cancer is frequent pain in the hips, upper thighs, or
the lowest part of the back. Men with testicular cancer report noticing a
heavy, aching feeling low in the belly or abdomen, or in the scrotum or
testicles themselves. They sometimes describe it as a feeling of
downward pulling or as a generalized ache throughout the groin area.
Prostate cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes often makes itself
known as discomfort in the pelvis or swelling in the legs.
21. Testicular swelling or lump
lumps that indicate testicular cancer are nearly always painless. It’s
also common for a testicle to be enlarged or swollen, but lacking any
specific lump that you can see or feel. Some men report feeling
discomfort from the enlargement, but not an outright pain.
22. Unexplained back pain
pain can mean all sorts of things, of course — most often pulled
muscles or disc problems. But unexplained, persistent back pain can be
an early sign of cancer as well, so get it checked out. Pain in the
lower back and hips can be a sign of prostate cancer, while pain in the
upper back can signal lung cancer. A pain in the upper abdomen and back
is one of the few early signs of pancreatic cancer.
23. Scaly or painful nipple or chest, nipple discharge
do get breast cancer; they also get a condition called gynecomastia,
which is a benign lump in the breast area. Breast cancer is usually
detected as a lump, but if it’s spreading inward it can also cause chest
pain. Other signs of breast cancer include patches of red, scaly, or
dimpled skin or changes to the nipple such as turning inward or leaking
fluid. Bring any lump, swelling, or skin or nipple problem, or any chest
pain, to your doctor's attention.
24. A sore or skin lump that doesn’t heal, becomes crusty, or bleeds easily
of us know how to watch moles for changes that might indicate skin
cancer. But other signs, such as small waxy lumps or dry scaly patches,
are easier to miss. Familiarize yourself with the different types of
skin cancer — melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell
carcinoma — and be vigilant about checking skin all over the body for
odd-looking growths or spots.
25. Changes in nails
changes to the fingernails can be a sign of several types of cancer. A
brown or black streak or dot under the nail can indicate skin cancer . A
newly discovered “clubbing,” which means enlargement of the ends of the
fingers, with nails that curve down over the tips, can be a sign of
lung cancer.. Pale or white nails can be an indication that your liver
is not functioning properly, sometimes a sign of liver cancer.