Saturday, June 4, 2011

Cancer: Signs and Symptoms

This is the first of a couple of cancer related posts I will be doing soon. None of these were written by me, but I received this paper in the mail with my order from Choose Hope (definitely recommend this site!) and I thought they were all worth sharing.

The following is taken from

The key to a cure is early diagnosis! Knowing these signs could save your life or the life of someone you know. Having any of these symptoms does NOT necessarily mean you have cancer, but is something you should have checked out if symptoms persist.

Bladder Cancer: Blood in the urine, pain, or burning upon urination; frequent urination; or cloudy urine

Bone Cancer: Pain in the bone or swelling around the affected site; repeated fractures in bones, weakness, fatigue, weight loss; repeated infections; nausea, vomiting, constipation, problems with urination; weakness or numbness in the legs; bumps and bruises that persist

Brain Cancer: Dizziness; drowsiness, abnormal eye movements or changes in vision; weakness, loss of feeling in arms or legs or difficulties in walking; fits or convulsions; changes in personality, memory or speech; headaches that tend to be worse in the morning and ease during the day, that may be accompanied by nausea or vomiting

Breast Cancer: A lump or thickening of the breast, inverted nipple or discharge from the nipple; change in the skin of the breast; a feeling of heat; or enlarged lymph nodes under the arm

Breast Cancer - Inflammatory: Change in the skin of the breast including redness, thickening of the skin, prominence of the hair follicles resembling an orange peel. A rash-like appearance that doesn't go away

Cervical Cancer: Abnormal vaginal bleeding, such as between periods or after intercourse. Vaginal bleeding after menopause. Foul vaginal discharge. Discomfort during intercourse.

Colorectal Cancer: Rectal bleeding (red blood in stools or black stools) abdominal cramps; constipation alternating with diarrhea; weight loss; loss of appetite; weakness; pallid complexion

Esophageal Cancer: Difficulty swallowing; severe unintentional weight loss; pain in your throat, mid-chest, or between your shoulder blades; hoarseness or a chronic cough

Hodgkin's Disease: Painless swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck, underarm, or groin

Kidney Cancer: Blood in urine; dull ache or pain in the back or side; lump in kidney area, sometimes accompanied by high blood pressure or abnormality in red blood cell count

Leukemia: Weakness, paleness; fever and flu-like symptoms; bruising and prolonged bleeding; enlarged lymph nodes, spleen, liver; pain in bones and joints; frequent infections; weight loss; night sweats

Liver Cancer: Loss of appetite and weight loss; fever; fatigue and weakness; pain in the upper right abdomen; abdominal swelling or a feeling of fullness/bloating; jaundice

Lung Cancer: Wheezing, persistent cough for months; blood-streaked sputum; persistent ache in chest; congestion in lungs; enlarged lymph nodes in neck

Melanoma: Change in mole or other bump on the skin, including bleeding or change in size, shape, color, or texture

Multiple Myeloma: Bone pain or frequent fractures; infections, especially bacterial infections of the respiratory and urinary tracts; generalize fatigue, weight loss and malaise; nausea, vomiting, altered mental state; depression

Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: Painless swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck, underarm, or groin; persistent fever; feeling of fatigue; unexplained weight loss; itchy skin and rashes; small lumps in skin; bone pain; swelling in the abdomen; liver or spleen enlargement

Oral Cancer: A lump in the mouth, ulceration of the lip, tongue or inside of the mouth that does not heal within a couple of weeks; dentures that no longer fit well; oral pain, bleeding, foul breath, loose teeth, and changes in speech

Ovarian Cancer: Abdominal swelling; in rare cases, abnormal vaginal bleeding; digestive discomfort

Pancreatic Cancer: Upper abdominal pain and unexplained weight loss; pain near the center of back; intolerance of fatty foods; yellowing of the skin; abdominal masses; enlargement of liver and spleen

Prostate Cancer: Urination difficulties due to blockage of the urethra; bladder retains urine creating frequent feelings of urgency to urinate, especially at night; bladder not emptying completely; burning or painful urination; bloody urine; tenderness over the bladder; and dull ache in the pelvis or back

Stomach Cancer: Indigestion or heartburn; discomfort or pain in the abdomen; nausea and vomiting; diarrhea or constipation; bloating after meals; loss of appetite; weakness and fatigue; vomiting blood or blood in the stool

Testicular Cancer: Pain or swelling in the testes; lumps or nodules, whether painful or not; enlargement of the testicles; pain in the lower back or groin area; swelling of the scrotum

Thyroid Cancer: Problems with swallowing; hoarseness; enlarged lymph nodes in the neck; breathing difficulty; pain in the throat and/or neck


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1 comment:

  1. Very good information. New Follower here!


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