Experts say that when it comes to cancer survival, early detection is still key. This can be tricky because early cancer symptoms are not as well known as those of a heart attack, for example. In addition, the signals a tumor creates can be vague and easily confused with other conditions. Here are five possible cancer symptoms that you should always be aware of. If you experience them repeatedly, it’s a good idea to call your doctor and ask about screening. Read on – and to ensure your health and that of others, don’t miss this one Certain Signs You Have “Long” COVID and May Not Even Know It.
If you feel like you can’t get the job done after a bowel movement, it could be constipation, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), or a sign that you have a tumor in your colon (bowel cancer). Feeling like you’re not completely emptying the bowels is a condition called tenesmus and can be caused by a growth blocking your colon or rectum. If you experience this feeling repeatedly and it does not go away, contact your healthcare provider.
If you feel nauseous or vomit after eating fatty foods, it could be a symptom of pancreatic cancer. When a cyst or tumor grows on the pancreas, it can cause a partial blockage of the digestive tract. The pancreas also produces enzymes that help digest fat, and if the organ is sick, that digestion can be interrupted.
That uncomfortably tight feeling in your stomach could be gas pressure or caused by something you ate. But women should be especially alert to recurrent bloating, which is one of the most common early signs of ovarian cancer. “Note if it seems constant, doesn’t come and goes, and can’t be explained by eating gas-producing foods occasionally,” says MD Anderson Cancer Center. If you have had bloating for weeks and the condition does not go away, tell your doctor.
Any time you experience weight loss without trying, it’s cause for concern. Doctors say this is the most common symptom of cancer. If you’re losing pounds but haven’t started a new diet or are hitting the gym extra hard, talk to your doctor.
If you have a cough that won’t go away, get tested for COVID. If you test negative but your hacking doesn’t diminish, you should see a doctor. Any cough that lasts longer than two to four weeks should be evaluated by a doctor, as it could be a sign of lung cancer. If you’ve been a smoker for a long time — and even if you’re not — ask your health care provider if you should have a low-dose CT scan as a screening. And to go through life as healthy as possible, you can’t miss this one 13 Everyday Habits That Are Secretly Killing You