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					Finding Cancer Early: Symptoms You Shouldn't Ignore
Cancer is a word that most people fear above all others. Many people associate this word with
sickness, death and the end of an enjoyable life. However, there are ways to protect yourself from
cancer and reduce your risk of becoming another of its victims. The secret is in early detection. Most
cancers, if found early, can often be treated successfully and even cured. It is important to schedule
all the appropriate cancer screenings at indicated intervals. These include mammogram and
colonoscopy. But, although these screenings are a necessary part of cancer prevention and early
detection, there are things you should be aware of in your daily life that may indicate that a visit to a
doctor is in order. Here, you will learn some of the symptoms that can be early signs of cancer.




A persistent cough is something that should always be evaluated by a physician. We are not talking
about the kind of cough you get from a cold or allergies that is here today and gone tomorrow. The
kind of cough to worry about is one that is persistent, or goes on for a long period of time. If you are a
smoker, it is vital that you be examined any time you have a cough that doesn't go away.




Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer, but one that many people don't think about.
Skin cancer is easy to detect and treat early just by self-examination. Signs that may signal skin
cancer are: moles that are raised above the skin, have irregular or changing shapes and borders and
moles that bleed. It is wise to check yourself in a mirror regularly and have a dermatologist look at
any suspicious moles.




Another suspicious symptom to be alert to is a sudden loss of weight without dieting. Everyone diets
to lose weight at some point in their lives, but if you start to notice a rapid loss of ten pounds or more
in a month, and you are not trying to lose weight, a visit to the doctor will rule out any problems.




An unexplained or prolonged fever can be an indicator of cancer. Again, not the fever you get with the
flu or a cold that rarely lasts more than a few days. You need only worry if fever goes beyond a
couple of weeks or so without disappearing completely. Some cancers, such as leukemia, can
weaken the immune system, allowing for frequent infections and fever.




Most of us experience fatigue off and on, especially with the heavy schedules and workloads many
people endure. However, if you are significantly tired and fatigued more often than not, it could be a
sign of something more serious. Of course, fatigue can also be caused by common, treatable
conditions, such as anemia or pregnancy, but it's always best to err on the safe side and ask your
doctor for his opinion.




Localized pain is another symptom that can alert you to see a doctor. Not pain from common
conditions, such as arthritis or tendonitis, but pain in areas that are not usually painful. These would
include pain in the abdomen, bones or breasts.




Blood is always a red flag. It can appear from things as simple as a urinary tract infection or
hemorrhoids, but blood always needs to be evaluated. If you notice bleeding from sources such as
the stool, phlegm or nipples, you should get it checked out.




It is important not to worry needlessly if you experience any of these symptoms. Many can be a result
of common, benign disorders or illnesses. But, they should all be examined by a physician in order to
rule out more serious problems. Remember, you are your own best advocate, so it is up to you to
keep yourself aware of potential problems. It is the best way to keep cancer from threatening your
health!

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