the 10 warning signs of cancer...

Early detection and treatment are essential for effective treatment of cancer, regardless of the protocol followed. The patient is in the best position to detect the earliest manifestations of the disease.

If you notice any of the following signs you should immediately contact your doctor for further investigations.

1. A lump or thickening in the breast or testicles.

2. Any lesion (eg. on the skin) that does not heal.

3. A change in a wart or mole can be indicative of melanoma. Skin cancers may appear as dry, scaly patches, as pimples that do not go away, or as inflamed or ulcerated areas. Warts and Moles that bleed or grow should be checked.

4. A sore throat that persists, hoarseness, a persistent lump in the throat or difficulty in swallowing may indicate cancer of the larynx and should be investigated.

5. Painful sores in the mouth that persist no matter the treatment.

6. A change in your bowel or bladder habits, continuing urinary difficulties, constipation, diarrhoea, bloatedness with gas pains, rectal bleeding or blood in the stool may all indicate cancer and should be investigated.

7. Constant indigestion or trouble swallowing, nausea, heartburn, bloating and loss of appetite may all be symptoms of the upper gastro-intestinal tract cancers (oesophagus or stomach), and they should not be ignored.

8. Unusual bleeding or discharge from the vagina are seen in the early stages of uterine cancer and in the later stages of cervical cancer.

9. Difficulty in urinating may indicate prostate cancer in men.

10 A persistent cough that refuses to go away no matter what the weather or season could indicate lung cancer.

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