1. Mouth Sores. Persistent sores on the face, neck, or mouth that bleed easily and do not heal within 2 weeks. A soreness or feeling that something is caught in the back of the throat. Difficulty chewing or swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue. Hoarseness, chronic sore throat, or change in voice.
2. Rapid Weight Loss. When you lose weight for no known reason, it’s called an unexplained weight loss. An unexplained weight loss of 10 pounds or more may be the first sign of cancer. This happens most often with cancers of the pancreas, stomach, esophagus (swallowing tube), or lung
3. Chronic Fatigue. This can lead to anemia, and anemia can then lead to fatigue. Here’s a list of signs and symptoms of leukemia as well as some warning signs of lymphoma. Cancers such as colon cancer and stomach cancer can cause anemia through blood loss in the bowels, likewise leading to anemia and fatigue.
4. Skin Changes. Squamous Cell Carcinoma. This nonmelanoma skin cancer may appear as a firm red nodule, a scaly growth that bleeds or develops a crust, or a sore that doesn’t heal. It most often occurs on the nose, forehead, ears, lower lip, hands, and other sun-exposed areas of the body.
5. Unexplainable Pain. Pain is one way our bodies tell us that something is wrong. As we get older, it‘s more common to experience aches and pains. But if you have unexplained, ongoing pain, or pain that comes and goes, make an appointment to see your doctor.
6. Lumps. Persistent lumps or swelling in any part of your body should be taken seriously. That includes any lumps in the neck, armpit, stomach, groin, chest, breast or testicle. See your doctor to have it checked out.
7. Strange Bleeding. Rectal bleeding, unexplained vaginal bleeding, coughing blood, even spots on the skin that bleed are all signs something is wrong. Go see a medical professional asap if you have any signs of strange bleeding.
Listening closely to your body can provide you with some helpful hints on spotting diseases, like cancer. Signs and symptoms of cancer can be very small and easy to miss. It’s important to pay attention to aches and pains that last longer than usual or get worse with time. Recognizing these 7 signs that cancer maybe growing in your body can be vital to catching it early and saving your life.