In order to protect you for cancer, routine check are not enough. You should listen to your body and notice if something is wrong immediately. Here some signs which shouldn’t be ignored:
- Chronic cough or chest pain
Several types of cancer, including leukemia and lung tumors, can cause symptoms that mimic a bad cough or bronchitis. Some lung cancer patients report chest pain that extends up into the shoulder or down the arm.
- Frequent fevers or infections
These can be signs of leukemia, a cancer of the blood cells that starts in the bone marrow. Leukemia causes the marrow to produce abnormal white blood cells, sapping your body’s infection-fighting capabilities.
- Difficulty swallowing
This sign is the first sign associated with throat or esophageal cancer, or could be the first signs of lung cancer.
- Swollen lymph nodes or lumps on the neck, underarm, or groin
Enlarged lymph nodes indicate changes in the lymphatic system, which can be a sign of cancer.
- Wheezing or shortness of breath
These are one of the very first sings many lung cancer patients remember noticing: the inability to catch their breath.