Let’s be clear from the start – cancer is the most sneaky disease ever and can cause almost any sign or symptom. They can depend on the type of the cancer and where it is located, how big it is and how much of the body it has affected. The symptoms are most obvious if the cancer has grown or spread. However, it is possible to have an early stage of cancer with no signs or symptoms at all. This is especially the case with pancreatic cancers which don’t cause symptoms until they grow large enough to press on nearby nerves or organs.
With other types of cancer the first and most usual symptoms are fever, fatigue and loss of appetite which all happen due to the cancer using much of the body’s energy as well as the cancer affecting the immune system. The most important thing in successful cancer treatment is early diagnosis. This is why catching the very first symptoms is crucial. Unfortunately, most people ignore the first signs of cancer, sometimes because they don’t recognize them, sometimes because they are too afraid or even can’t afford to get medical care. Although many of these symptoms are usually not caused by cancer, they shouldn’t be overlooked. But please, do a check up. Also do not skip on the recommend cancer-related check-ups and certain tests for people even though they have no symptoms.
In any case, you should know the general symptoms of cancer and how to recognize them. If you have some of them and they last for a longer period of time, then you need to visit your doctor.
Here are the 10 early cancer symptoms and warning signs you shouldn’t ignore…
1. Unexplained Weight Loss and Loss of Appetite
Sudden weight loss that isn’t a result of a strict diet plan is definitely a warning that something is happening inside our digestive system. This can be connected to colon and other digestive cancers but can also be a sign that a cancer has spread to the liver which is unable to get rid of waste resulting in loss of appetite. Feeling full and unable to eat can be a symptom of ovarian cancer. It is a fact that half the people with cancer loose weight by the time they get diagnosed so take this early warning sign seriously and talk to your doctor.