A persistent cough, a sore that just won't disappear, inexplicable weight loss and changing urinary habits. They seem mundane, annoying sides of life. A British health organisation explains why you better not ought to ignore these and other changes in your body.
Doctors and medical workers already know that they have to be alert for these 10 signs of cancer. But now Cancer Research UK warns everyone to be alert for these symptoms. An early diagnose can mean the difference between life and death for cancer patients, according to health experts. A survey has shown that nearly half of all the Brits does not consult their physician with the symptoms below because they think it's a 'harmless' ailment. However, experts say that when you notice the following symptoms, a check by your physician is necessary.
Professor Katrina Whitaker of the College London says that a lot of people ignore these ailments because they could not gauge the seriousness of them. Others didn't dare to go to the doctor because they were scared of the diagnose. However, experts emphasize that there's a big change that cancer is not the cause of these ailments. But if it is, a swift diagnose might save your life.
The 10 alerts of cancer
- A persistent cough or hoarseness (this may be a symptom of lung cancer)
- A birthmark that changes appearance (which might indicate skin cancer)
- A persistent change of gastro-intestinal habits (this may be a sign of colorectal cancer)
- A sore that doesn't heal (it depends where the wound is located, an aphtous stomatitis may indicate the presence of oral cancer)
- Difficulty with swallowing (a sign of oesophageal cancer)
- Inexplicable weight loss may indicate various types of cancer
- Changing bladder habits may be sign of bladder cancer or prostate cancer
- An inexplicable lump may be a sign of many different types of the disease
- Chronic, inexplicable pain (depending on the place, it may indicate various types of cancer)
- Inexplicable bleedings may (depending on the location) indicate colorectal-, uteral- or vulvar cancer