Few Symptoms of Cancer to Watch Out for in Your Family Members

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When the pain or symptoms don't subside with over the counter medication, visiting a doctor is a must.

A lot of people talk about maintaining a healthy body but very few call to action with the minor aches and pains. With career becoming a focus in this fast paced world, unhealthy lifestyles are giving rise to a lot of diseases. Cancer today is ranking high on the charts!

Cancer, like any other diseases starts off with basic symptoms like fever and body pain. However, when the pain or symptoms don't subside with over the counter medication, visiting a doctor is a must. Early detection of cancer can save the patient’s life and the family some major heartaches.

Here are a few symptoms which every family should watch out for:

Unexplained weight loss

Almost everyone loses weight due to stress and change in dietary habits. However, sudden weight loss like 4-5 kgs shouldn't be taken lightly. If undetected, this could be cancer of the pancreas or stomach. Usually, weight loss is also accompanied by a feeling of fatigue.

Change in bladder habits or functions

Prolonged constipation, diarrhea, or even change in the stools can be a sign of colon cancer. Patients often complain of frequent urine calls or blood in the urine. It is advised to consult a doctor regarding any change in bladder functions.

Unusual bleeding or discharge

Blood in the urine or very dark stools could be advanced signs of colon or rectal cancer. On the other hand, coughing up of blood is a definite symptom of lung cancer. A discharge from other parts like the nipples can point to breast cancer. One must check for any unusual discharge or bleeding and report to the doctor at the earliest.

Persistent coughing or hoarseness

A nagging cough that is taking longer than usual to go away or frequent bouts of cough and hoarseness can indicate lung cancer and even larynx cancer. These are usually very basic symptoms which are almost always brushed of as winter woes.

Unrelenting pain

Pain might be an early sign of cancerous tumors pointing at bone or testicular cancer. An unrelenting headache that does not leave or show signs of improvement with treatment could be a sure sign of brain tumor. Similarly, pain can be a manifestation of cancers of the colon, rectum, or ovary. Frequent pain implies that the cancer has mostly spread (metastasized) from where it began.

Changes in skin colour

In case of skin cancer, the patients often see changes in skin colour like darker patches. They might also see warts or moles growing in size. In such cases, consulting a doctor is essential.

Formation of lumps

Women are highly susceptible to lump formation in their breasts which are cancerous. Lumps can be formed anywhere on the body and must be checked by the doctors immediately. It could be cancerous, hence, it is best to be detected in the early stages.

Our body speaks to us in subtle signs which may seem unimportant and are usually brushed off. But ignoring these signs takes us nowhere and early detection can save our near and dear one's life. Therefore its essential to not only be vigilant about body but also to insure ourselves. There is a secure and dependable cancer plan available with Aditya Birla Health Insurance that helps families with checkups and financial support. Our lives are in our hands and the key to a healthy life lies in being vigilant of our body needs and having a good financial protection to rely on.

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  • First Published: February 2, 2018, 22:38 IST
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