Following heart disease, cancer is the second leading cause of death in America. Simply put, cancer is when the body’s cells continually divide and spread into the surrounding tissue. Instead of dying and being replaced by new cells, cancerous cells survive, and the new cells form in excess; when the cancerous cells and new cells come together, it forms a tumor. Though cancer is highly dangerous, if caught early, it can be cured. Therefore, it is imperative to heed certain warning signs that your body displays that are common indicators of cancer.
1. Weight Loss
Unexplained weight loss is one of the first signs of cancer. If you begin losing a significant amount of weight without any changes to your diet, then something serious may be the cause of weight loss. The most common cancers associated with weight loss are pancreas, stomach, esophagus (swallowing tube), or lung.
2. Constant Pain
Pain is also an early symptom with some cancers, such as testicular and bone. A headache that doesn’t go away could be a sign of a brain tumor. What about back pain symptoms? This could be a sign of colon, rectum, or ovary. Pain due to cancer most likely means that cancer has already spread from its starting point.
3. Skin Changes
Any changes in warts, moles, or your skin should be taken seriously and shown to a doctor right away. A skin change may be a melanoma (the most dangerous form of skin cancer) which, if found early, can be treated successfully. Have you felt an unusual lump in your breast or around other parts of your body? Many cancers can be felt through the skin. These lumps or skin thickening could be a sign of cancer. See pictures of skin cancers and other skin conditions in Cancer.org’s Skin Cancer Image Gallery.
4. Uncontrollable cough
Do you have an uncontrollable cough that won’t leave you? This may be a sign of lung cancer. Is your throat hoarse? This could also be a sign of cancer in the larynx.
5. Blood Discharge
Any blood discharge through coughing, bowel movements, or in your urine could be a sign of cancer. Blood in the stool could be a sign of colon or rectal cancer, while blood in the urine could be a type of bladder or kidney cancer.
If you need more information about symptoms and types of cancers you can visit www.cancer.gov.
Being on of the main causes for death in American, cancer is highly common. As such, it is important to consider your health insurance options to make sure you’re getting the best coverage available. Consumers can choose among the available qualified health plans. However, since plans are rapidly leaving the market and premiums are skyrocketing, there are alternative healthcare options. For instance, there are great short term medical plans, which can be supplemented with cancer plans. Whatever direction you decide to take with your health insurance, be sure you discuss it with your insurance agent as they’ll help you with the enrollment process.
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