7 SIGNS YOU SHOULD NOT IG­NORE

Be­ware of un­ex­plained changes in your body. There is a vast ar­ray of symp­toms for the 200 dif­fer­ent types of can­cer: Here are the most com­mon signs

India Today - - CANCER PROJECT -

FA­TIGUE

Feel­ing ex­tremely tired can be a symp­tom of can­cer in your body. A lump or thick­en­ing of skin can be an early or late sign of can­cer. Peo­ple with can­cers in the breast, lymph nodes, soft tis­sues, and tes­ti­cles typ­i­cally have lumps

MOLES

If you no­tice a mole that has an ir­reg­u­lar or asym­met­ri­cal shape, is more than one colour, is big­ger than 7 mm in di­am­e­ter, and is itchy, crusty or bleed­ing, see your doc­tor. It could be a sign of skin can­cer

LUMPS

Al­ways see a doc­tor if you no­tice a lump in your breast, or else­where on your body, that is rapidly in­creas­ing in size. Lumps can be caused by non-can­cer­ous things like cysts, but they need treat­ment re­gard­less.

COUGH­ING

A per­sis­tent cough last­ing more than three weeks could be a sign of lung can­cer or throat can­cer. A long-last­ing cough could also be a sign of pneu­mo­nia, which would also need med­i­cal at­ten­tion

UN­EX­PLAINED BLEED­ING

Blood in the urine, bleed­ing be­tween pe­ri­ods, bleed­ing from the bot­tom, blood when cough­ing and blood in vomit should al­ways be checked out by a doc­tor. Un­ex­plained bleed­ing, depend­ing on where it is com­ing from, can be a sign of can­cer, in­clud­ing prostate, cer­vi­cal, bowel and lung can­cers

BOWEL HABIT CHANGES

See a doc­tor if you ex­pe­ri­ence bowel changes last­ing for more than a few weeks.

These can in­clude blood in the stools, di­ar­rhoea, con­sti­pa­tion, pain while uri­nat­ing and per­sis­tent bloat­ing. Changes in bowel habits could also be a sign of some­thing less se­ri­ous, like an ir­ri­ta­ble bowel syn­drome

UN­EX­PLAINED WEIGHT LOSS

Un­ex­plained weight loss in the space of a cou­ple of months, which can’t be ex­plained by diet changes, ex­er­cise or stress is a symp­tom of can­cer. It is im­por­tant to see a doc­tor so that he can in­ves­ti­gate

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