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SUBJECT: SOME CANCER SIGNS TO LOOK OUT FOR
The following information comes from the famous, and sometimes infamous and much maligned Dr. William Donald Kelly, D.D., who healed himself when he got cancer and then went on to help others with his drugless methods. In particular, he advised the use of pancreatic enzymes to assist this sick and weakened pancreas in the work of digesting proteins. Dr. Kelly approached the problem of depleted enzyme production by replacing the lost enzymes. However, my own Dr. Dick, who had a phenomenal cancer cure rate, treated the sick gland instead, rather than replacing what it produced.
The late Dr. Harold Dick, N.D. cured the cancer patients who came to his clinic as a "first resort" instead of as a "last resort" (he saved many "hopeless" cases also) after the orthodox "cut, burn, and poison" protocol had failed, the insurance or savings ran out, and the patient was then sent home to die. He supported the organs with glandular protomorphogens, which provide the cells with the part of the cell needed to heal it, whether under or overactive, along with eliminating digestive enzyme deficiency food intolerances, providing nutritional counseling, a few herbal combinations for digestion, eliminations, congestion, etc., tissue salts, and the life-saving Constitutional Hydrotherapy combined with Electrotherapy which stimulated the all-important blood circulation, toxic eliminations, the activity of the vital organs, and the immune system in the process.
Unfortunately, too many people view disease like a "thief in the night" that comes upon them suddenly and without warning, stealing away with their health.
However, according to Dr. Kelly, there are a number of warning signs that start as small physical clues before the disease manifests more aggressively.
According to Dr. Kelly, the above symptoms are all signs of inadequate protein metabolism that remains a big part of cancer.
Precancerous Skin Lesions and Skin Cancer Slideshow
10 Things Your Skin Says About Your Health-http://tinyurl.com/94yvsdv
More clues: The skin of someone with hypothyroidism also tends to be dry and cold, and sometimes more pale than yellowed. Feeling tired, sluggish, weak, or achy are the main symptoms, along with possible unexplained weight gain. Women over 50 most often develop hypothyroidism.
What to do: Carotenemia caused by a skewed diet isn't serious and resolves
itself when a broader range of foods is consumed. Hypothyroidism, however,
is a medical condition that can lead to such complications as heart problems,
so a combination of skin changes plus fatigue warrants attention from
"It's common in the Northeast to have no problem all winter long, and as soon as the weather gets nice and folks are outside less bundled up, the rash appears," says Newburger.
More clues: The rash is limited to sun-exposed areas, including the forearms, the neck, and, less commonly, the face. It can feel worse and last longer than a sunburn. It doesn't matter whether you're fair-skinned or dark-skinned; anyone can have a photoreaction. One of the most common drug culprits: thiazide diuretics (Hydrodiuril, Dyazide), which are a first-line treatment for hypertension. Other meds that can produce this effect include antihistamines, tetracycline, the antiaging and antiacne drug tretinoin, and tricyclic antidepressants. Two different people can react quite differently to the same drug. Or you may have no reaction one time but a severe reaction later.
What to do: Check the labels of your prescription medications. Look for
phrases such as "May cause chemical photosensitivity." Use a
high-SPF sunscreen or sunblock but know that this may not prevent the
rash; the best advice is to wear sunglasses and a broad-rimmed hat, cover
the skin, and limit sun exposure. Tell your doctor, too; a switch in medicines
may prevent further rashes.
More clues: Hyperpigmentation may also be visible around other skin folds, scars, lips, and pressure points (knees, knuckles). Addison's sufferers have low blood pressure, which falls further when the person stands. Salt loss can lead to a craving for salty food. The disease affects men and women equally but is found most commonly between ages 30 and 50.
What to do: It's important to mention this visible symptom to a doctor,
as skin changes may be the first symptoms seen before an acute attack
(pain, vomiting, dehydration, and loss of consciousness, a cascade known
as an Addisonian crisis). Lab tests to measure cortisol (which is produced
by the adrenal gland) provide a diagnosis.
More clues: Varicose veins are sometimes mistaken for spider veins, a weblike network of smaller blue or red veins closer to the skin's surface. Varicose veins tend to be larger, darker, and sometimes raised, with a twisted appearance. (The name comes from the Latin varix, or "twisted.") Half of all people over age 50 have varicose veins, especially women. They often first appear in pregnancy.
What to do: Exercise, compression stockings, and avoiding constricting
postures (like crossing your legs when seated) can help ease discomfort,
but they won't make varicose veins disappear. Not all faulty veins cause
problems. However, if the veins cause pain or become warm and tender to
the touch, tell your doctor. Severe venous insufficiency can lead to dangerous
blood clots. Treatments with good success rates include sclerotherapy
(injecting a solution to shut the vein) and surgery -- also options if
you just can't bear how your legs look at the beach.
More clues: The brownish patches may also be rough, almost scaly (although
they don't open up), and tend to form ovals or circles. They don't hurt.
Another common skin change of diabetes to look for: An open, unhealed
sore on the foot. Diabetics lose the perception of pain, temperature,
and touch on their feet, making them unlikely to notice common foot blisters
-- which then go untreated and may become infected.
Red flag: Persistent rash that you want to scratch raw
More clues: The rash appears on both sides of the body. Itching and burning are so intense you can hardly quit scratching. People with DH don't usually have the digestive symptoms of celiac disease, but they're intolerant of gluten just the same. DH often shows up between ages 30 and 40, and most often in people of northern European heritage.
What to do: Report the rashes to your regular doctor or a doctor who
specializes in skin disorders to evaluate and rule out other causes. Blood
tests and a biopsy of tissue from the small intestine are used to diagnose
DH. A gluten-free diet for life is usually advised to keep symptoms at
bay; this includes banishing foods, beverages, and medications that contain
wheat, barley, rye, and sometimes oats. Drugs may help control the rashes.
"A substantial excessive intake of aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, vitamin E, or ginkgo biloba, which older adults often take to boost memory, can worsen the condition," says dermatoligst Newburger. So can blood thinners, such as coumadin, alcohol, and steroids.
More clues: A classic bruise tends to turn black and blue following an injury. With purpura, in contrast, there doesn't need to be any trauma; the discoloration starts as red and turns purple, persisting longer than a bruise before fading or remaining brownish. The purple skin doesn't blanch (fade or lose color) when you press it. Purpura can cover large patches of skin or show up as small purple speckles called petechiae. No matter what the size, the purple areas are most common on the forearms, legs, and backs of the hands.
What to do: Extensive or persistent bruises should always be evaluated
by a doctor, as should someone who seems to bruise easily. It's important
to rule out underlying causes such as a bleeding disorder.
More clues: The itchiness is more intense than that caused by ordinary dry skin. It can be felt generally or, most commonly, in the lower legs. Less often, the skin also looks reddish and inflamed. Another common symptom of both Hodgkin's disease and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck, armpit, collarbone, or groin. (Note that lymph nodes can swell because of common infections as well.)
What to do: Report persistent, intense itching to your doctor.
Red flag: Pallor, especially with blue-tinged nails
More clues: Unlike merely having a pale complexion, the pallor of anemia tends to affect the usually-reddish tissues of the mouth, gums, and lips, too. Look for nail beds to be very pale, almost bluish. Other symptoms include being quick to tire, headaches, dizziness, and shortness of breath.
What to do: Consult a nutritionist or doctor. Over-the-counter or prescription
iron supplements usually correct anemia caused by a nutritional deficiency.
It helps to eat more iron-rich foods (red meat, egg yolks, dark leafy
green vegetables, dried fruit), especially in tandem with vitamin C (as
in orange juice) for best iron absorption. Cooking in an iron skillet
adds iron, too.
More clues: A burning sensation and sensitivity to touch often precede the shingles rash by days or weeks. (Or, in some lucky people, the pain may be mild.) The rash itself first looks like raised red bumps, not unlike chicken pox, appearing in a band or strip on the trunk, legs, face, neck -- but only on the left or the right side. Within a few days, the bumps turn into fluid-filled pustules, which crust over a week to ten days later.
What to do: See a doctor as soon as you feel the pain, if you suspect you're in a high-risk group. Starting antiviral medication within 72 hours of the rash's appearance can reduce the severity of the disease and lower your odds of developing a complication called postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). In PHN, the searing pain of shingles can continue for weeks, months, or even years. People older than age 70 are most likely to develop PHN, but anyone can.
And if the idea of fluid-filled pustules makes you hope you never get
shingles, ask your doctor about the newish (2006) shingles vaccine, which
the CDC recommends for all adults over age 60.
From WebMD 15 Cancer Symptoms Women Ignore
No. 1: Unexplained Weight Loss
Many women would be delighted to lose weight without trying. But unexplained weight loss -- say 10 pounds in a month without an increase in exercise or a decrease in food intake -- should be checked out, Mishori says.
"Unexplained weight loss is cancer unless proven not," she says. It could, of course, turn out to be another condition, such as an overactive thyroid.
Expect your doctor to run tests to check the thyroid and perhaps order
a CT scan of different organs. The doctor needs to "rule out the
possibilities, one by one," Mishori says.
Bloating is so common that many women just live with it. But it could point to ovarian cancer. Other symptoms of ovarian cancer include abdominal pain or pelvic pain, feeling full quickly -- even when you haven't eaten much -- and urinary problems, such as having an urgent need to go to the bathroom.
If the bloating occurs almost every day and persists for more than a few weeks, you should consult your physician. Expect your doctor to take a careful history and order a CT scan and blood tests, among others.
No. 3: Breast Changes
Most women know their breasts well, even if they don't do regular self-exams, and know to be on the lookout for lumps. But that's not the only breast symptom that could point to cancer. Redness and thickening of the skin on the breast, which could indicate a very rare but aggressive form of breast cancer, inflammatory breast cancer, also needs to be examined, Linden says. "If you have a rash that persists over weeks, you have to get it evaluated," she says.
Likewise, if the look of a nipple changes, or if you notice discharge (and aren’t breastfeeding), see your doctor. "If it's outgoing normally and turns in," she says, that's not a good sign. "If your nipples are inverted chronically, no big deal." It's the change in appearance that could be a worrisome symptom.
If you have breast changes, expect your doctor to take a careful history,
examine the breast, and order tests such as a mammogram, ultrasound, MRI,
and perhaps a biopsy.
''Premenopausal women tend to ignore between-period bleeding," Daly says. They also tend to ignore bleeding from the GI tract, mistakenly thinking it is from their period. But between-period bleeding, especially if you are typically regular, bears checking out, she says. So does bleeding after menopause, as it could be a symptom of endometrial cancer. GI bleeding could be a symptom of colorectal cancer.
Think about what's normal for you, says Debbie Saslow, PhD, director of breast and gynecologic cancer at the American Cancer Society in Atlanta. "If a woman never spots [between periods] and she spots, it's abnormal for her. For someone else, it might not be."
"Endometrial cancer is a common gynecologic cancer," Saslow says. "At least three-quarters who get it have some abnormal bleeding as an early sign."
Your doctor will take a careful history and, depending on the timing
of the bleeding and other symptoms, probably order an ultrasound or biopsy.
Most of us know to look for any changes in moles -- a well-known sign of skin cancer. But we should also watch for changes in skin pigmentation, Daly says.
If you suddenly develop bleeding on your skin or excessive scaling, that
should be checked, too, she says. It's difficult to say how long is too
long to observe skin changes before you go to the doctor, but most experts
say not longer than several weeks.
If you have difficulty swallowing, you may have already changed your diet so chewing isn't so difficult, perhaps turning to soups or liquid foods such as protein shakes.
But that difficulty could be a sign of a GI cancer, such as in the esophagus, says Leonard Lichtenfeld, MD, deputy chief medical officer at the American Cancer Society.
Expect your doctor to take a careful history and order tests such as a chest X-ray or exams of the GI tract.
No. 7: Blood in the Wrong Place
If you notice blood in your urine or your stool, don’t assume it's from a hemorrhoid, says Mishori. "It could be colon cancer."
Expect your doctor to ask questions and perhaps order testing such as a colonoscopy, an exam of the colon to look for cancer.
Seeing blood in the toilet bowl may actually be from the vagina if a woman is menstruating, Mishori says. But if not, it should be checked to rule out bladder or kidney cancer, she says.
Coughing up blood should be evaluated, too. One occasion of blood in
the wrong place may not point to anything, Mishori says, but if it happens
more than once, go see your doctor.
Any woman who's got a pain in the abdomen and is feeling depressed needs
a checkup, says Lichtenfeld. Some researchers have found a link between
depression and pancreatic cancer, but it's a poorly understood connection.
Women who have been pregnant may remember the indigestion that occurred as they gained weight. But indigestion for no apparent reason may be a red flag.
It could be an early clue to cancer of the esophagus, stomach, or throat.
Expect your doctor to take a careful history and ask questions about
the indigestion before deciding which tests to order, if any.
Smokers should be especially alert for any white patches inside the mouth or white spots on the tongue, according to the American Cancer Society. Both can point to a precancerous condition called leukoplakia that can progress to oral cancer.
Ask your dentist or doctor to take a look and decide what should be done
As people age they seem to complain more of various aches and pains, but pain, as vague as it may be, can also be an early symptom of some cancers, although most pain complaints are not from cancer.
Pain that persists and is unexplained needs to be checked out. Expect
your physician to take a careful history, and based on that information
decide what further testing, if any, is needed.
If you notice a lump or swelling in the lymph nodes under your armpit or in your neck -- or anywhere else -- it could be worrisome, Linden says.
"If you have a lymph node that gets progressively larger, and it's [been] longer than a month, see a doctor," she says. Your doctor will examine you and figure out any associated issues (such as infection) that could explain the lymph node enlargement.
If there are none, your doctor will typically order a biopsy.
If you have a fever that isn't explained by influenza or other infection, it could point to cancer. Fevers more often occur after cancer has spread from its original site, but it can also point to early blood cancers such as leukemia or lymphoma, according to the American Cancer Society.
Other cancer symptoms can include jaundice, or a change in the color of your stool.
Expect your doctor to conduct a careful physical exam and take a medical
history, and then order tests such as a chest X-ray, CT scan, MRI, or
other tests, depending on the findings.
Fatigue is another vague symptom that could point to cancer -- as well
as a host of other problems. It can set in after the cancer has grown,
but it may also occur early in certain cancers, such as leukemia or with
some colon or stomach cancers, according to the American Cancer Society.
Coughs are expected with colds, the flu, allergies, and sometimes are a side effect of medications. But a very prolonged cough -- defined as lasting more than three or four weeks -- should not be ignored, Mishori says.
You would expect your doctor to take a careful history, examine your throat, check out your lung functioning and perhaps order X-rays, especially if you are a smoker.
15 Cancer Symptoms Men Ignore
Cancer Symptom in Men No. 1: Breast Mass
If you’re like most men, you’ve probably never considered the possibility of having breast cancer. Although it’s not common, it is possible. "Any new mass in the breast area of a man needs to be checked out by a physician," Lichtenfeld says.
In addition, the American Cancer Society identifies several other worrisome signs involving the breast that men as well as women should take note of. They include:
Skin dimpling or puckering
When you consult your physician about any of these signs, expect him
to take a careful history and do a physical exam. Then, depending on the
findings, the doctor may order a mammogram, a biopsy, or other tests.
As they age, people often complain of increasing aches and pains. But pain, as vague as it may be, can be an early symptom of some cancers. Most pain complaints, though, are not from cancer.
Any pain that persists, according to the American Cancer Society, should
be checked out by your physician. The doctor should take a careful history,
get more details, and then decide whether further testing is necessary.
If it's not cancer, you will still benefit from the visit to the office.
That’s because the doctor can work with you to find out what's causing
the pain and determine the proper treatment.
Testicular cancer occurs most often in men aged 20 to 39. The American Cancer Society recommends that men get a testicular exam by a doctor as part of a routine cancer-related checkup. Some doctors also suggest a monthly self-exam.
Evan Y. Yu , MD, is assistant professor of medicine at the University of Washington and assistant member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. Yu tells WebMD that being aware of troublesome testicular symptoms between examinations is wise. "Any change in the size of the testicles, such as growth or shrinkage," Yu says, “should be a concern.”
In addition, any swelling, lump, or feeling of heaviness in the scrotum should not be ignored. Some testicular cancers occur very quickly. So early detection is especially crucial. "If you feel a hard lump of coal [in your testicle], get it checked right away," Yu says.
Your doctor should do a testicular exam and an overall assessment of
your health. If cancer is suspected, blood tests may be ordered. You may
also undergo an ultrasound examination of your scrotum, and your doctor
may decide to do a biopsy. A biopsy may require the removal of the entire
If you notice a lump or swelling in the lymph nodes under your armpit or in your neck -- or anywhere else -- it could be a reason for concern, says Hannah Linden, MD. Linden is a medical oncologist and an associate professor of medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is also a joint associate member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. "If you have a lymph node that gets progressively larger, and it's been longer than a month, see a doctor," she says.
Your doctor should examine you and determine any associated issues that
could explain the lymph node enlargement, such as infection. If there
is no infection, a doctor will typically order a biopsy.
If you've got an unexplained fever, it may indicate cancer. Fever, though, might also be a sign of pneumonia or some other illness or infection that needs treatment.
Most cancers will cause fever at some point. Often, fever occurs after the cancer has spread from its original site and invaded another part of the body. Fever can also be caused by blood cancers such as lymphoma or leukemia, according to the American Cancer Society.
It’s best not to ignore a fever that can’t be explained.
Check with your doctor to find out what might be causing the fever and
to determine its proper treatment.
Unexpected weight loss is a concern, Lichtenfeld says. "Most of us don't lose weight easily." He's talking about more than simply a few pounds from a stepped up exercise program or to eating less because of a busy schedule. If a man loses more than 10% of his body weight in a time period of 3 to 6 months, it’s time to see the doctor, he says.
Your doctor should do a general physical exam, ask you questions about your diet and exercise, and ask about other symptoms. Based on that information, the doctor will decide what other tests are needed.
Cancer Symptom in Men No. 7: Gnawing Abdominal Pain and Depression
“Any man (or woman) who's got a pain in the abdomen and is feeling depressed needs a checkup,” says Lichtenfeld. Experts have found a link between depression and pancreatic cancer. Other symptoms of pancreas cancer may include jaundice, a change in stool color -- often gray -- a darkening of the urine. Itching over the whole body may also occur.
Expect your doctor to do a careful physical exam and take a history.
The doctor should order tests such as an ultrasound, a CT scan or both,
as well as other laboratory tests.
Fatigue is another vague symptom that could point to cancer in men. But many other problems could cause fatigue as well. Like fever, fatigue can set in after the cancer has grown. But according to the American Cancer Society, it may also happen early in cancers such as leukemia, colon cancer, or stomach cancer.
If you often feel extremely tired and you don’t get better with
rest, check with your doctor. The doctor should evaluate the fatigue along
with any other symptoms in order to determine its cause and the proper
Coughs are expected, of course, with colds, the flu, and allergies. They are also sometimes a side effect of a medication. But a very prolonged cough -- defined as lasting more than three or four weeks -- or a change in a cough should not be ignored, says Ranit Mishori, MD, assistant professor and director of the family medicine clerkship at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. Those cough patterns warrant a visit to the doctor. They could be a symptom of cancer, or they could indicate some other problem such as chronic bronchitis or acid reflux.
Your doctor should take a careful history, examine your throat, listen
to your lungs, determine their function with a spirometry test, and, if
you are a smoker, order X-rays. Once the reason for the coughing is identified,
the doctor will work with you to determine a treatment plan.
Some men may report trouble swallowing but then ignore it, Lichtenfeld says. "Over time, they change their diet to a more liquid diet. They start to drink more soup." But swallowing difficulties, he says, may be a sign of a GI cancer, such as cancer of the esophagus.
Let your doctor know if you are having trouble swallowing. Your doctor should take a careful history and possibly order a chest X-ray and a barium swallow. The doctor may also send you to a specialist for an upper GI endoscopy to examine your esophagus and upper GI tract.
Cancer Symptom in Men No. 11: Changes in the Skin
You should be alert to not only changes in moles -- a well-known sign of potential skin cancer -- but also changes in skin pigmentation, says Mary Daly, MD. Daly is an oncologist and head of the department of clinical genetics at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia.
Daly also says that suddenly developing bleeding on your skin or excessive scaling are reasons to check with your doctor. It's difficult to say how long is too long to observe skin changes, but most experts say not to wait longer than several weeks.
To find out what’s causing the skin changes, your doctor should
take a careful history and perform a careful physical exam. The doctor
may also order a biopsy to rule out cancer.
“Anytime you see blood coming from a body part where you've never seen it before, see a doctor,” Lichtenfeld says. "If you start coughing up blood, spitting up blood, have blood in the bowel or in the urine, it’s time for a doctor visit.”
Mishori says it’s a mistake to assume blood in the stool is simply from a hemorrhoid. "It could be colon cancer," he says.
Your doctor should ask you questions about your symptoms. The doctor
may also order tests such as a colonoscopy. This is an examination of
the colon using a long flexible tube with a camera on one end. The purpose
of a colonoscopy is to identify any signs of cancer or precancer or identify
any other causes of the bleeding.
If you smoke or chew tobacco, you need to be especially alert for any white patches inside your mouth or white spots on your tongue. Those changes may indicate leukoplakia, a pre-cancerous area that can occur with ongoing irritation. This condition can progress to oral cancer.
You should report the changes to your doctor or dentist. The dentist or doctor should take a careful history, examine the changes, and then decide what other tests might be needed.
Cancer Symptom in Men No. 14: Urinary Problems
As men age, urinary problems become more frequent, says Yu. Those problems include the following:
The urge to urinate more often,especially at night
"Every man will develop these problems as he gets older," Yu says. "But once you notice these symptoms, you should seek medical attention." That's especially true if the symptoms get worse.
Your doctor should do a digital rectal exam, which will tell him whether the prostate gland is enlarged or has nodules on it. The prostate gland often enlarges as a man ages. It’s most often caused by a noncancerous condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH.
Your doctor may discuss doing a blood test to check the level of prostate-specific antigen or PSA. PSA is a protein produced by the prostate gland, and the test is used to help determine the possibility of prostate cancer.
If the doctor notices abnormalities in the prostate or if the PSA is
higher than it should be, your doctor may refer you to a urologist and
perhaps order a biopsy. Prostate cancer may be present even with a normal
Many men, especially as they get older, think "heart attack" when they get bad indigestion. But persistent indigestion may point to cancer of the esophagus, throat, or stomach. Persistent or worsening indigestion should be reported to your doctor.
Your doctor should take a careful history and ask questions about the indigestion episodes. Based on the history and your answers to the questions, the doctor will decide what tests are needed.
General signs and symptoms of cancer from the cancer.org site:
Unexplained weight loss
Most people with cancer will lose weight at some point. When you lose
weight for no known reason, it’s called an unexplained weight loss.
An unexplained weight loss of 10 pounds or more may be the first sign
of cancer. This happens most often with cancers of the pancreas, stomach,
esophagus (swallowing tube), or lung.
Fever is very common with cancer, but it more often happens after cancer
has spread from where it started. Almost all patients with cancer will
have fever at some time, especially if the cancer or its treatment affects
the immune system. (This can make it harder for the body to fight infection.)
Less often, fever may be an early sign of cancer, such as blood cancers
like leukemia or lymphoma.
Fatigue is extreme tiredness that does not get better with rest. It may
be an important symptom as cancer grows. It may happen early, though,
in some cancers, like leukemia. Some colon or stomach cancers can cause
blood loss that’s not obvious. This is another way cancer can cause
Pain may be an early symptom with some cancers like bone cancers or testicular
cancer. A headache that does not go away or get better with treatment
may be a symptom of a brain tumor. Back pain can be a symptom of cancer
of the colon, rectum, or ovary. Most often, pain due to cancer means it
has already spread (metastasized) from where it started.
Along with cancers of the skin, some other cancers can cause skin changes that can be seen. These signs and symptoms include:
Darker looking skin (hyperpigmentation)
Signs and symptoms of certain cancers
Along with the general symptoms, you should watch for certain other common
signs and symptoms that could suggest cancer. Again, there may be other
causes for each of these, but it’s important to see a doctor about
them as soon as possible.
Long-term constipation, diarrhea, or a change in the size of the stool
may be a sign of colon cancer. Pain when passing urine, blood in the urine,
or a change in bladder function (such as needing to pass urine more or
less often than usual) could be related to bladder or prostate cancer.
Report any changes in bladder or bowel function to a doctor.
Skin cancers may bleed and look like sores that don’t heal. A long-lasting
sore in the mouth could be an oral cancer. This should be dealt with right
away, especially in people who smoke, chew tobacco, or often drink alcohol.
Sores on the penis or vagina may either be signs of infection or an early
cancer, and should be seen by a health professional.
White patches inside the mouth and white spots on the tongue may be leukoplakia.
Leukoplakia is a pre-cancerous area that’s caused by frequent irritation.
It’s often caused by smoking or other tobacco use. People who smoke
pipes or use oral or spit tobacco are at high risk for leukoplakia. If
it’s not treated, leukoplakia can become mouth cancer. Any long-lasting
mouth changes should be checked by a doctor or dentist right away.
Unusual bleeding can happen in early or advanced cancer. Coughing up
blood in the sputum (phlegm) may be a sign of lung cancer. Blood in the
stool (which can look like very dark or black stool) could be a sign of
colon or rectal cancer. Cancer of the cervix or the endometrium (lining
of the uterus) can cause abnormal vaginal bleeding. Blood in the urine
may be a sign of bladder or kidney cancer. A bloody discharge from the
nipple may be a sign of breast cancer.
Many cancers can be felt through the skin. These cancers occur mostly
in the breast, testicle, lymph nodes (glands), and the soft tissues of
the body. A lump or thickening may be an early or late sign of cancer
and should be reported to a doctor, especially if you’ve just found
it or notice it has grown in size. Keep in mind that some breast cancers
show up as red or thickened skin rather than the expected lump.
Indigestion or swallowing problems that don’t go away may be signs
of cancer of the esophagus (the swallowing tube that goes to the stomach),
stomach, or pharynx (throat). But like most symptoms on this list, they
are most often caused by something other than cancer.
Any wart, mole, or freckle that changes color, size, or shape, or that
loses its sharp border should be seen by a doctor right away. Any other
skin changes should be reported, too. A skin change may be a melanoma
which, if found early, can be treated successfully.
A cough that does not go away may be a sign of lung cancer. Hoarseness
can be a sign of cancer of the voice box (larynx) or thyroid gland.
The signs and symptoms listed above are the more common ones seen with cancer, but there are many others that are not listed here. If you notice any major changes in the way your body works or the way you feel – especially if it lasts for a long time or gets worse – let a doctor know. If it has nothing to do with cancer, the doctor can find out more about what’s going on and, if needed, treat it. If it is cancer, you’ll give yourself the chance to have it treated early, when treatment works best.
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