Thursday, May 13, 2010

Spot the Early Warning Signs of Cancer

Discovering cancer early is key to survival. Unfortunately, there are more than 200 hundred different types of cancer, and more than 60 organs in the body where it can develop.
In addition, according to Cancer Help U.K., the same organ can develop different types of cancer. For example, squamous cells line the lungs, and there are also gland cells in the lungs called adenomatous cells. So, a patient can have squamous cell cancer of the lung or adenocarcinoma of the lung.
Being vigilant can save your life. Symptoms vary according to the type of cancer, and two of the most common symptoms are lumps and weight loss. Below are some of the most prevalent cancers and their early warning signs.
Skin. Non-melanoma skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more than 1 million new cases will be diagnosed in 2010. Symptoms include ulcerations that never heal, moles that change color, size, or appearance, and flat sores that look like moles.
Lung. Watch for persistent coughs, coughing up blood, and chest pain.
Breast. Lumps, itching, redness or soreness of nipples, and unusual thickening should send you straight to the doctor.
Colon. Rectal bleeding, blood in your stool, and a change in bowel habits are warning signs.
Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Enlarged lymph nodes, night sweats, fevers, and weight loss are some of the symptoms that indicate lymphoma.
Leukemia. Warning signs of leukemia include fatigue, paleness, weight loss, nosebleeds, bone or joint pain, and easy bruising.
Bladder and Kidney. Watch for blood in urine, burning or pain, and increased trips to the bathroom.
Endometrial and cervical. Unusual discharge, bleeding between menstrual cycles, and heavy periods should require a doctor’s consultation.
Thyroid. Hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, enlarged lymph nodes in the neck, and pain in the throat or neck are warning signs of thyroid cancer.
Unfortunately, two other common forms of cancer, pancreatic and ovarian, usually have no signs until the disease has progressed to an advanced stage when pain in the back or stomach, and jaundiced skin may be tip-offs for pancreatic cancer. A bloated abdomen and abdominal pressure should send victims of ovarian cancer to the doctor.
Of course, if you have any of the above symptoms, be sure and contact your doctor immediately. 

SOURCE: Newsmax