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What are the most common signs of cancer

Published at 01/03/2012 15:11:24

7 Common Symptoms of Cancer


Cancer as a general term refers to very many different types of cancer conditions, which affect different part of the body. However, there are certain cancer symptoms which occur commonly, in different types of cancers.

Here is a list of the seven common symptoms experienced by cancer patients:





1.       Persistent fatigue
this symptom is commonly experienced in the late stages of a cancer’s development, though have been some instances when victims have experienced chronic fatigue in the early stages of cancer development. Patients will often complain of chronic fatigue, even after they have secured some bed rest. This condition is attributed to anemia- a condition in which the body does not have enough healthy red blood cells. This symptom is common for malignant and nonmalignant cancers.


2.       Unexplained weight loss
while it may seem like a welcome surprise, to lose weight without trying, unexplained weight loss should act as a warning to victims of the possibility of many sicknesses, including cancer. If you find yourself losing 10 pounds or more, unintentionally, you should definitely book an appointment with a doctor. This symptom can be accompanied with or without a loss of appetite.


3.       Pain
this symptom is not commonly experienced in the early stages of cancer development, except in those cancer types that affect the bones. The cause of this pain is generally attributed to the spread of the cancer when it begins to affect other nerves and organs. Headaches are associated with brain tumors, lower back pain is associated with colon and ovarian cancer, shoulder pain can be related to lung cancer, and so on and so forth.




1.       Changes in bowel movement
cancer patients will often complain of changes in bowel movement such as constipation, gas, diarrhea, gas and blood in the stool. These types of symptoms are commonly associated with colon cancer, but they can also be related to a variety of cancer types.


2.       Fever
This symptom is very common among cancer patients, due to the effect that a cancer or its treatment may have on the immune system, which makes it harder for the body to fight off infections. It is very common with cancers that affect the blood (like lymphoma and leukemia), or where the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.


3.       Chronic coughing
this symptom is mostly related to lung cancer, where patients are likely to experience a chronic cough, which may be accompanied with mucus and/or blood.


4.       Skin changes
together with skin cancers, some cancers will affect the visual appearance of skin. These symptoms may be exhibited in the form of yellow skin patches and eyes, darker looking skin, reddening skin and excessive itching and hair growth.


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 It is important to note that these symptoms are very general and vague symptoms of cancer. They should be taken a general warning that something may be wrong in your body and should, therefore, warrant a trip to the doctor’s office. This is why early screening and risk assessment plays a vital role in the detection and prevention of cancer.



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