Regular tests and physical exams aren’t enough to take a preventative approach to cancer; we also need to pay special attention to what our body tries to tell us through notable differences and changes.


1. Wheezing or shallow breathing

If you ask lung cancer patients what the first thing they noticed was, the majority would say it was their difficulty with breathing, or trouble catching their breath.

2. Chronic coughing or pain in the chest area

Chest pain, incessant coughing, and even pain that reaches down the arms are symptoms of leukemia and lung tumors.

3. Frequently having fevers or infections

White blood cells help our body to fight off infections and foreign invaders. 

Leukemia is a type of blood cell cancer that begins in bone marrow and causes the body to produce abnormal white blood cells, which reduces the effectiveness of its ability to fight infections.

4. Trouble with swallowing

If you have difficulty swallowing, you may want to get checked for preliminary esophageal or throat cancer. 

It is also associated with lung cancer as well.

5. Lymph nodes that are swollen or lumps on the skin of your neck, underarm, or groin

Any drastic changes in your lymphatic system should be carefully observed. 

These changes could be warning signs of lymphatic cancer.

6. Over-bruising and excessive bleeding

When platelets and red blood cells act abnormally, there becomes excessive bruising and bleeding. 

This symptom can be a sign of leukemia.

7. Constant fatigue

Feeling weakness in your body, and constant fatigue are symptoms of several different kinds of cancer. 

You’ll need to examine these symptoms in conjunction with other ones as well. 

As a general rule, if you ever feel exhasuted to where you can barely move without any physical reason, see your doctor.

8. Bloating in the abdomen or localized weight gain

Women with ovarian cancer reported having “inexplicable abdominal bloating.” 

They said this bloating and weight gain happened suddenly, and appeared, disappeared, and reappeared for a long time.

9. Loss of appetite and feeling full

This symptom is a warning sign for ovarian cancer as well. 

A vast majority of women said they “just couldn’t eat,” even if it had been a while since their last meal.

10. Pain the pelvis or abdominal area

Leukemia and ovarian cancer can cause abdominal and pelvic pain.

11. Bleeding from the rectum or blood in stool

This is a symptom commonly found in those diagnosed with colon cancer. 

If you ever notice blood in your stool, it is advisable to schedule a visit to your physician.

12. Rapid and unexplained weight loss

Rapidly losing weight is a warning sign of digestive and colon cancers. 

It is also a sign that cancer has infected the liver. 

It you lose your appetite and stop producing a normal amount of waste, see your doctor..

13. Digestive pain or stomachache

having stomach cramps or frequent upset stomach pain may indicate colon or stomach cancer.

14. A red, sore, or swollen breast

These are signs of breast cancer and should be examined by a physician.

15. Changes to the nipple

If the nipple starts to look flattened, inverted, or turned sideways, see your doctor about possible breast cancer. 

Women diagnosed with breast cancer say the first thing they noticed was the changes to their nipples.

16. Abnormally heavy or painful periods/Bleeding in between cycles

Several women say this is the number one symptom of endometrial or uterine cancer. 

Request a transvaginal ultrasound if your menstrual cycle has any significant changes.

17. Puffiness in the face

Lung cancer patients report noticing “puffiness, swelling, or redness” in the face. 

This happens because lung tumors tend to block blood vessels, which stops oxygenated blood from flowing to your neck and face.

18. A sore that doesn’t heal

Get to know the various kinds of skin cancer. Melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma are three common types. Check your skin for odd growths or spots.

19. Changes in fingernails

Liver cancer, skin cancer, and lung cancer all show warning signs through the finger nails. Black spots, or lines, whitening and thickening around the edges, and “clubbing” are all signs you should pay attention to.

20. Pain localized in the lumbar spine or lower right side

Several patients diagnose with liver and breast cancer cancer report this as one of their first signs.

Regardless if you are a male or a female, it’s vital to pay attention to any abnormal changes in your body, as well as your energy levels. This will help to detect any signs of cancer while it’s still early. The faster you realize something isn’t quite right, the faster you can start to take the proper steps to heal your body.

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