- bump, bump
If you have a strange bump, it’s best to see a doctor. According to the survey, 7.5% of people reported having an unexplained bump. 67% consulted a doctor, while 77% did not think it could be a sign of a more serious illness.
It’s cold and flu season, so it’s like a cough. However, if the cough does not go away, it can indicate throat, lung, thyroid cancer or lymphoma. This was the most common symptom among the study participants. “We know that colds and flu are everywhere, and not everyone who has a cough is advised to go to the doctor,” Whitaker said. “But if you have persistent or unusual symptoms, don’t be afraid to consult your doctor.”
- Change the mode of bowel activity
According to Whitaker’s study, 18% of people have changes in the timing, number and size of their bowel movements. These failures are usually caused by certain foods or medications, but if you notice that they happen more often over time, it could be a sign of colon cancer.
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- Changes in bladder function.
Because urinary tract infections are common in women, this symptom is not considered another UTI. But whether you’re a man or a woman, if you have blood in your urine, sudden urges, or pain when you walk, be sure to tell your doctor to rule out bladder, kidney, or prostate cancer.
- Unexplained pain
Persistent pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong, and it can be anything from bone cancer to ovarian cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, cancer pain often means it’s spreading…which is a good reason to be patient and not make an appointment with your doctor. One surprising finding in Whitaker’s study was that about 40 percent of those surveyed were concerned that their pain might be a serious problem.
- Long-term sore throat
Sore throats can be another common winter ailment, but if they persist for a long time, they can indicate more serious conditions, such as throat or laryngeal cancer. Almost 78% of the respondents did not consider the pipe problem to be serious.
- Unreasonable weight loss
According to the American Cancer Society, weight loss of 10 pounds or more may be an early sign of cancer. This warning sign is common in people with pancreatic, stomach, lung, or esophageal cancer.
- Difficulty swallowing
Laryngeal stenosis is an unusual symptom in this study, but it can be a precursor to problems with the nervous system or immune system, or cancer of the esophagus, stomach, or larynx.
Coughing up blood indicates lung cancer; Blood in the stool can be a sign of colon or rectal cancer. Women with unexplained vaginal bleeding should be screened for cervical or endometrial cancer. A bloody discharge from the nipple means breast cancer, and blood in the urine means bladder or kidney cancer. Unusual bleeding can occur at any stage of cancer and should be seen by a doctor.
- Moles on the skin will change
7% of respondents reported changes in the appearance of moles, freckles, or bags, and only 47% had seen a doctor. But what’s more worrying is that more than 88% of them can be symptoms of skin cancer, but most treatable symptoms are not considered serious.