Early de­tec­tion

C.A.R.E. - - Cancer -

Be­come familiar with your body, ac­knowl­edge when it changes, and get a checkup. When can­cer is spot­ted early, the odds are much bet­ter for suc­cess­ful treat­ment, pos­si­bly avoid­ing surgery, and keep­ing it from spread­ing. That means a much bet­ter chance for a cure.

Can­cer causes a wide va­ri­ety of signs and symptoms, depend­ing on where it is in the body, how large it is and how­much it af­fects dif­fer­ent or­gans and tis­sues. Can­cer is un­pre­dictable. Some­times signs and symptoms don’t show up un­til the can­cer has spread and is press­ing on nearby nerves or or­gans.

• Un­ex­plained weight loss of 10 pounds or more

• Fever that lasts a long time

• Ex­treme fa­tigue, weak­ness or dizzy spells

• Un­ex­plained pain any­where in the body, such as a per­sis­tent headache

• Nag­ging cough or hoarse­ness

• Un­usual skin changes, such as dark­ened, yel­low­ish or red­dened skin, itch­ing, or ex­ces­sive hair growth

• Re­cent color/size/shape change of a wart or mole

• Red or thick­ened skin on the breast

• Thick­en­ing or lump in the breast or other parts of the body

• Change in bowel habits or pain while uri­nat­ing

• Indigestion or trou­ble swal­low­ing

• Sores in the mouth or else­where that do not heal

• Any long last­ing mouth changes, such as white patches in­side the mouth or white spots on the tongue

• Un­usual bleed­ing or dis­charge

• Blood clots in the veins or legs

Th­ese are the more com­mon signs of a pos­si­ble can­cer. If you have any of th­ese, don’t panic, but DO see your doc­tor or nurse prac­ti­tioner and ask for a thor­ough screen­ing.

Signs and symptoms can in­clude

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