Top 10 Ways to Recognize Cancer Without Damaging Tests

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You would think that with all the high tech screenings, drugs, research, and invasive medical procedures we have nowadays, that the war Western medicine is waging on cancer would show some type of success. Even with all this at our disposal, men still have a 50 percent chance of developing some type of cancer and women a 1 in 3 chance. More than 75 percent of all cancers are diagnosed in those 55 years of age or older.

But what can you do at home, on your own, to avoid becoming another victim?

Take a look at the top 10 ways you can recognize the possible early warning signs of cancer. Catching cancer in its earliest stages is the best way to beat it.


1. Changes in the mouth

If you smoke or chew tobacco, you have a much greater chance of developing oral cancer. Even if you don’t smoke, oral cancer is quickly becoming one of the most common of all cancers. Look for red or white patches inside your mouth, around your tongue, or on your lips. If you find any unusual bleeding that doesn’t stop after a few days, a sore throat, or sores that do not heal after more than 2 weeks, make an appointment with your doctor or dentist.

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2. Lumps or thickening of the lymph nodes, testicles, or breasts

You can feel many cancers right through your skin, especially those in the testicles, breasts, or lymph nodes. Lumps or thickening is an early warning sign that can be found through self-examination. Doing this in the shower generally helps you to feel for abnormalities. Some breast cancers show up as red, thickened, or a puckering of the skin rather than an actual lump. Discharge from the nipple or nipples that change their appearance are sometimes another sign. See your doctor if you find any of these types of changes on your body.

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3. Difficulty swallowing

Everyone has a little difficulty with swallowing from time to time due to irritants or allergies, but if your problem doesn’t go away or if you also have vomiting and/or are losing weight, have your doctor check for either throat or stomach cancer.


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4. Changes in your skin

Besides skin cancer, sometimes skin changes can signal other types of cancer. Symptoms and signs that show up on your skin include some of the following:

  • Sores that won’t heal
  • Darker looking skin or patches of skin
  • Excessive hair growth
  • Yellowish skin tone
  • Changes in warts, moles, freckles that change color, size, bleed, or lose their sharp border
  • Dry scaly patches of skin
  • Reddened or inflamed skin
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5. Coughing

If you have a cough that brings up blood that is an immediate sign that you need to see your doctor immediately.

It’s normal for most people to have a bit of a lingering cough after you have had a cold or the flu but if you aren’t seeing improvement in the cough or if you develop a dry cough that didn’t accompany the flu, and it doesn’t go away after 2 weeks, see your doctor.

Many types of lung cancer start as a simple, nagging cough that just won’t go away. Also, if you find you become hoarse and it continues for more than 2 weeks, you will want to see your doctor as soon as possible.

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6. Change in bowel habits, bladder, or digestion function

If you suddenly develop urinary problems, rectal or urinary bleeding, chronic diarrhea or constipation, or very dark, almost black stools, see your doctor as these can be signs of bladder, prostate, or colon cancers.

If you develop problems with your digestive system such as regular bouts of bloating, nausea, indigestion, heartburn, abdominal pain or discomfort, or experience a sudden loss of appetite, these are additional signs of possible cancer growth and should be checked out by your doctor. Read also about 5 reasons why your digestive system is out of whack. 

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7. Unexplained pain

If you bang your head, you shouldn’t be surprised when you have a headache later on. However, unexplained pain is often a sign of immune system problems or persistent inflammation. Both of these things are possible precursors to cancer.

Headaches are possible signs of brain tumors; unrelenting back pain could mean cancer of the ovaries, rectum, or colon. Don’t let these things go on for too long. Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong.

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8. Recurring fevers

You might not be aware of it but fevers are quite common for those afflicted with cancer.

Unfortunately, it generally happens after the cancer has spread from its original location.

Almost everyone who has cancer will have recurring fevers at some point, especially when the cancer begins to have its effect on the body’s immune system.


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9. Chronic fatigue

Chronic fatigue is waking up after sleeping for 10 hours and not feeling refreshed.

As cancer grows, it saps the body of energy, and this condition becomes prominent.

It’s most often a sign of an overburdened immune system. If you are eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of rest but you still feel overwhelming fatigue, see your doctor. Find out secrets for treating chronic fatigue syndrome. 

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10. Unexplained weight loss

Almost everyone with cancer will experience weight loss at one time or another.

In fact for many people, this is the first sign they have that something is wrong. If you should suddenly lose more than 10 pounds without trying or without dieting, you should see your doctor as this could indicate cancer of the esophagus, pancreas, stomach, or lungs.

Please seek professional help immediately should you experience any of the above signs or symptoms. Quick action is your best defense.


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