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    Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore That Could Predict Cancer

    Various studies have revealed that the appearance of certain symptoms may be signs of cancer of some kind.

    In this report, the medical website WebMed presents signs and changes in the human body that warrant a visit to the doctor.

    Changes in your skin:  A new spot on your skin or a spot that changes in size, shape or color could be a sign of skin cancer. If you have any unusual signs, ask your doctor to examine your skin. They will perform an examination and may remove a small piece (called a biopsy) to take a closer look at the cancer cells.

    Severe cough: If you don’t smoke, there is a very small chance that an annoying cough is a sign of cancer. It is usually caused by postnasal drip, asthma, acid reflux, or infection. But if it lasts for a long time or you’re coughing up blood — especially if you’re a smoker — see your doctor. They may test the mucus from your lungs or take a chest X-ray to check for lung cancer.

    Breast changes: Most breast changes are not cancerous, but you should consult your doctor if you notice any lumps, nipple changes, discharge, redness, thickening, or pain in your breasts. They will do an examination and may suggest a mammogram, MRI, or possibly a biopsy.

    Bloating: You may feel full and bloated due to your diet or even stress, but if you don’t improve or you also experience fatigue, weight loss, or back pain, see your doctor. Persistent bloating in women may be a sign of ovarian cancer, and your doctor can perform a pelvic exam to look for the cause.

    Problems when urinating: Many men develop urinary problems as they age, such as needing to go a lot, leaking, or a weak stream. These are usually signs of an enlarged prostate, but they can also mean prostate cancer. Visit your doctor for an examination and possibly a special blood test called a PSA test.

    Difficulty swallowing: Colds, acid reflux, or even certain medications can make it difficult to swallow once in a while. If the condition does not improve with time or with antacids, see your doctor. Trouble swallowing can also be a sign of cancer in your throat or the tube between your mouth and stomach, called the esophagus. Your doctor will do an examination and some tests, such as a barium X-ray, in which you swallow a chalky liquid to show your throat more clearly in the picture.

    Mouth problems: From bad breath to mouth ulcers, most changes in your mouth are not serious. But if you have white or red spots or sores in your mouth that don’t heal after two weeks — especially if you’re a smoker — see your doctor. It may be a sign of oral cancer. Other things to look for: Swelling in your cheek, difficulty moving your jaw, or mouth pain.

    Weight loss: Of course, you can lose weight when you change the way you eat or exercise. It can also happen if you have other problems, such as stress or a thyroid problem, but it’s not normal to lose 10 pounds or more without trying. There is a possibility that it is a first sign of pancreatic, stomach, esophageal, lung, or other type of cancer.

    Fever: Fever isn’t usually a bad thing. Sometimes this is just a sign that your body is fighting an infection. It can also be a side effect of some medications. But a disease that does not go away and has no obvious cause may be a sign of a blood cancer such as leukemia or lymphoma.

    Fatigue and Tiredness: Many things can make you very tired, and most of them aren’t serious. But fatigue is one of the early signs of some types of cancer, such as leukemia. Some colon and stomach cancers can cause blood loss that you can’t see, leaving you feeling very tired. If you’ve been whacked all the time and rest doesn’t help, talk to your doctor.