The Cancer Symptoms You Should Never Ignore.

With #WorldCancerDay2019 in our minds, and over 360,000 new cases of cancer diagnosed in the UK every year, this week’s blog share is from the fabulously informative health website Patient.

Don’t Ignore The Symptoms of Cancer

As we all now know, early diagnosis is key when it comes to the treatment of Cancer. Catch it early and not only will your treatment be less extreme but your chances of long-term survival hugely increase. So whether it’s a lump that’s appeared, changes to your bowel habits, or a bloated tummy that you’ve experienced for weeks, Patient advises you don’t just ignore them and hope they’ll go away, ‘because where cancer is concerned, ‘going away’ is not going to happen’.

Know Your Body

Get to know what’s right and normal for you. Regularly check yourself for changes in how body feels, looks and works! That way you’re more likely to notice a change or something that doesn’t seem right – whatever it is – it’s important to tell your doctor. So, turn checking your body for lumps, bumps and irregularities into a routine part of your life.

 

What Symptoms Should I Look For?

 

 

Here are some of the signs Patient suggest it’s particularly important to let your doctor know about.

Blood in your poo

Bloating

Coughing and feeling out of breath

Lumps and bumps (especially in breasts or testicles)

Bleeding after menopause

Persistent heartburn

Changes to a mole

Unexplained weight loss

 

 

 

 

 

Symptoms could be indicative of cancer or any number of other diseases and conditions – such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Menopause, Respiratory Disease, Type 2 Diabetes or Depression – so it’s always best to get the checked out.

 

Don’t forget …

 

… the chances of that lump/blood/unusual symptom being cancerous is still very slim. It really is unlikely that your symptoms are caused by a serious problem, but getting checked out by your GP is important, and will put your mind at rest. Leaving it to just go away is never the answer when it comes to your own health and wellbeing. Practice self care and if in doubt, ask your GP.

 

Read the full article from Patient here:

https://patient.info/news-and-features/cancer-symptoms-you-should-never-ignore

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