1- A bloated stomach
Almost all women, especially during their periods, suffer bloating at some point. However, if the bloating or constipation persists after your period, it might be a sign of ovarian or uterine cancer. “It’s not normal if it’s been going on for several weeks with no improvement,” says Dr. Wender. Consult your physician. According to Dr. Moshe Shike of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, “many women with ovarian cancer had only nonspecific symptoms like bloating, which they neglected for months before seeking care.” Another indication of ovarian cancer is feeling full despite a significant drop in appetite.
2- Menstrual irregularities or pelvic discomfort
Periods that are irregular are rather common. Ask your doctor to do a transvaginal ultrasound to rule out cancer of the uterus, ovaries, or vagina if your bleeding gets worse month after month, if you bleed between periods, or if you have pelvic discomfort.
3- Cough that is persistent
We’ve all had coughs that make us feel like we’re going to pass out. However, if you cough for more than three weeks and have no other cold or allergy symptoms (such as a stuffy nose), it might be an indication of lung cancer. Leukemia can also mimic the symptoms of bronchitis or a heavy chest cold. “It has to be handled if the cough is different from past times, continues, or you cough up blood,” Dr. Markman explains. Some lung cancer patients experience chest discomfort that extends into the shoulder or down the arm.
4- Nausea or stomach discomfort
It’s not uncommon to have an upset stomach. Consult your doctor if you suffer severe stomach pains or are constantly sick. It might just be an ulcer, or it could be a sign of leukemia, esophageal cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, or colorectal cancer.
5- Fever or illness on a regular basis
It might be an early symptom of leukemia if you are otherwise healthy but frequently become ill or have a fever. This is a blood cancer that causes the body to produce aberrant white blood cells, weakening the immune system and reducing the body’s capacity to fight infection. Keep an eye out for flu-like symptoms including aches and pains or a persistent fever.
6- Having trouble swallowing
A sore throat can make swallowing difficult or uncomfortable, but if it lasts for weeks or worsens, you should consult a doctor. This is a typical symptom of cancer of the throat or stomach, as well as lung cancer.
You wake up with an unexpected bruise – perhaps you accidentally bumped into it in the restroom the night before. It’s concerning, though, if you see recurrent bruising in unusual areas, such as on your fingers or hand. According to Cancer Treatment Centers in the United States, these bruises might be an indication of leukemia. Leukemia reduces the blood’s ability to transport oxygen over time, causing tiny clots to develop.
8- Weight Loss That Isn’t Explainable
“For many North Americans, losing weight is a positive thing — everyone is dieting!” “However, if you lose your appetite without any events or concerns to explain the change, see a doctor,” Dr. Markman advises. Cancers of the esophagus, pancreas, liver, or colon can cause weight loss or an odd change in appetite. Dr. Wender notes that it’s also a common sign of leukemia or lymphoma.
9- Consistent exhaustion
We all have low-energy days now and again, but with a solid night’s sleep or two, we can get back on track. Seek attention if you’ve been fatigued every day for more than a month or if you’ve started to feel short of breath, according to Dr. Wender. “We won’t detect cancer most of the time,” says the doctor, “but you never know.” Fatigue is a common symptom of leukemia and lymphoma.
10- Headaches That Never Go Away
You aren’t a migraine sufferer and only have headaches on rare occasions. But all of a sudden, you’re taking ibuprofen on a daily basis. This might be a sign of a brain tumor pushing on the surrounding nerves, causing headaches.
11- Stool with blood in it
It’s most likely innocuous, similar to hemorrhoids. It can, however, be an indication of colon cancer. This cancer is becoming more frequent in those under the age of 50, when screening should begin. Dr. Wender is enthusiastic with the screening. “It’s easy to delude yourself into believing you have hemorrhoids or constipation. When the problem occurs only sometimes, individuals, particularly young people, persuade themselves that it is not a severe problem. Blood in the stool, on the other hand, is never natural. Check yourself out.”