General Signs And Symptoms Of Cancer – What You Need To Know


Fights against cancer is on and I tell you, many patients have filed out to see this deadly ailment defeated. Presently, cancer is trending but hopes of survival lingers on. Not just in the hearts of patients but also in the hearts of loved ones. Many have won the fight while others were unlucky. So do not conclude yet. You know what Ingrid Bergman said, huh?. She said,

“Time is shortening but everyday I challenge this cancer and survive is a victory for me”.

First, let’s get started by drawing a line between signs and symptoms. A sign simply means something that suggests the presence or existence of a fact, condition, or quality. It might anything, an object, a pattern, an event or an activity. Signs give vital information about someone or something.

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Symptom is any subjective evidence experienced by an individual affected by any condition or disease. It is worthy to note that while symptoms are subjective-oriented, signs are objective-oriented. In other words, when an individual has a symptom of any diseases, he feels it, the person usually has knowledge of what he is going through. But, someone can easily detected signs of a disease whereas the person affected may have no knowledge of the disease he has.

For instance, fever, abnormal lung sounds fast breathing may be signs of pneumonia while aching, weakness, and even feeling short of breath may be symptoms of pneumonia. Hope you get that. Signs and symptoms of cancer mostly appear on affected parts, they also show how disastrous it has been to the body.

Cancer is a group of diseases with a distinctive feature of abnormal cell growth. Often times, cancer is treated with some combination of targeted therapy, surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Cancer usually has the potential of spreading to other parts of the body. Researches showed that over 100 cancers have invaded human bodies. Some include

  • Prostate cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Vaginal cancer
  • Vulvar cancer
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Liver cancer
  • Lymphoma
  • Ovarian Cancer

Usually, when cancer starts developing, it puts forth no symptom. However, as the body experiences continuous mass tumor growth, its signs and symptoms start surfacing. It begins to push to other organs, nerves and  blood vessels. Hence, the need for continuous body check up. Lifestyle, economic and behavioural factors are the main causes of cancer. These factors are generally referred to as environmental factors and they represent 90-95% of cancer cases. Then the other 5-10% are caused by hereditary factors.

Infectious diseases are responsible for at least 18% cancer cases. So generally, cancer emanates when certain cells grow beyond control.

Below are ten signs and symptoms of Cancer. However, having any of the underlisted signs doesn’t mean one has cancer. But when any of these signs and symptoms persist for a long time, then one is advised to pay a visit to a physician to determine what is wrong. These signs and symptoms include:

signs and symptoms of cancer

• Fever

Fever is a common sign of cancer. Cancer patients usually experience severe fever and this is as a result of abnormality in the immune system. Human immune system fights diseases and infections. But their agility go down when overpower by certain ailments. So, that is why persistent fever may be a sign of cancer especially blood cancers like lymphoma or leukemia.

• Fatigue

Fatigue is severe or extreme tiredness doesn’t get clam irrespective of how much rest one observes. It also a subjective feelings distant from normal weakness. Fatigue is another early symptom of cancer. This mostly arises when some colon lead to blood loss. Leukemia patients usually experience constant fatigue.

• Pain

When cancer spreads to other organs, blood vessels and nerves, it leads to untold pains in the affected areas. For instance, persistent and severe headache might be a symptom of brain tumor. Back pain may also indicate cancer of the ovary, rectum or the colon.

• Skin Changes

There are several signs and symptoms of cancer that can be seen on the skin. Their appearance likely suggest skin cancer. They are Excessive hair growth, Itching on the skin, reddened skin, jaundice (yellowish eyes and skin), hyperpigmentation (Darker skin colour).

• Sudden Weight Loss

People with cancer do have sudden and unexplained weight loss. Usually, such people shed about 10 pounds or more suddenly at some point. This type of weight loss is often associated with pancreas, stomach, esophagus or lung cancers.

What Causes Cancer

• Alcohol

• Tobacco

• Inherited Genes


• Irregular Physical exercises

• Unhealthy feeding

• Overexposure to Ultraviolet light from the sun (this is the main cause of skin cancer)

• Hormonal changes

• Work places (especially workers at manufacturing industries who are often exposed to dangerous chemicals)

What You Must Do To Stay Away From Cancer

• Get regular check-ups and cancer screening tests. Do not shy away.

• Learn to eat balanced meat.

• Make fruits and vegetables your favourites meals.

• Regular physical activities help. Do not run away from them

• Get to know your family history

• Alcohol is not food, limit how much you gallop it.

• Turn your back on tobacco. It is a major cause of cancer.

• Always protect your skin

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