Modern lifestyle has increased the rate of cancer in the last few years. According to a study, men are more prone to cancer than women. In 2018, 18 million cancer cases were detected, out of which 8.5 million were women and 9.5 million men. One good thing to know about it that the survival rates of cancer are increasing with progressive medicines.
Cancer is the unrestricted growth of cells in the body, impacting the body’s normal mechanism. These extra cells can lead to growth called tumors. The key organs infected in this process are the brain, liver, lungs, and intestines.
Our bodies undergo constant changes through our lifecycle. However, being aware of the unexpected changes that happen to the body is important and can save your life from the upcoming ailment. You can do that only by keeping track of changes happening in your body. If you find something not happening routinely, that’s the time you should raise the red flag. If you are not alert, you might tend to ignore the symptoms, which can result in severe illness.
If you can identify these uncommon signs thrown by your body, you can easily diagnose and even treat severe conditions. However, when it comes to Cancer, recognizing the signs is difficult, but it is important to pay attention to minute aches and pains that last longer than usual.
Before you know the symptoms, you must know about Cancer in detail.
FACTORS ENHANCING CANCER
A lot of risk factors increase the likelihood of developing cancer. Mentioned are a few routine factors that have been in the topmost list of cancer-inducing causes.
• Genetic Inheritance
• Lifestyle (Physical inactivity)
• Family history
• Health imbalance (Obesity)
• Tobacco and Alcohol Intake
• Occupational risk (exposure to carcinogens)
• Other viral Infections
TYPES OF CANCER
The most commonly diagnosed cancer includes:
• Skin Cancer
• Breast Cancer:
• Lung Cancer
• Prostate Cancer
• Kidney Cancer
• Colorectal cancer
• Kidney Cancer
• Bladder Cancer
5 COMMON CANCER SYMPTOMS YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION
1. SEVERE WEIGHT LOSS
If you experience an unexplained weight loss without doing any physical activity or dieting, it’s time to see the doctor. This is the first symptom indicating cancer, especially dealing with lungs, pancreas, esophagus, and stomach. Unexplained weight loss occurs when cancer initiates and hampers the function of the liver. It is also the initial sign to detect colon or other digestive cancers.
2. ACHE OR PAIN
A headache that doesn’t go away for a long time and is not treated even with medications needs serious attention. It can be an indication of a brain tumor. Unexpected long-term back pain can be a symptom of cancer of the colon or ovary. Bone cancer or testicular cancer also triggers pain.
If you notice a cut or any skin injury with excessive pain and taking a long time to heal, it could be a sign that cancer is growing in your body. Usually, the immune system does the healing job, and in case of cancer, the priority changes, and the body takes a longer time to heal the injury.
This isn’t regular fatigue that you feel after a tiresome long day or work or play. If your fatigue doesn’t get cured even after a long rest, it can be an indication of cancer. The fatigue occurs because the nutrients that replenish your body are utilized by the cancer-causing agents. This makes you feel exhausted and not willing to do anything. Apart from cancer, many other extreme factors also cause fatigue. So, it is better to get yourself diagnosed at the earliest.
4. SKIN ABNORMALITIES
If you observe any mole, wart, or freckle that changes the color, size, or shape of the skin, time to get checked for melanoma or other types of skin cancer. Other skin symptoms include darker looking skin, yellowish skin, reddened skin, itching, or excessive hair growth.
The body treats cancer as bacteria, and the immune system uses white blood cells to fight these bacteria. This increases the blood flow in the area of cancerous growth, leading to itchy skin and reddening of the skin.
5. BOWEL OR BLADDER IMBALANCE
Long term constipation, diarrhea, or change in color and quantity of the stool can be a sign of colon or rectal cancer. Pain when passing urine, blood in the urine, or a change such as needing to go more often or less than the regular practice could be related to bladder or prostate cancer.
WHY ARE MEN MORE PRONE TO CANCER THAN WOMEN?
Men’s lifestyle makes them prone to a higher risk of cancer than women. Men are more likely to smoke compared to women which are a clear invitation to cancer. Also, heavy body, less activity, and higher alcohol consumption add to the risk factor. Cannot deny the fact that nowadays, women are catching up to men in these terms, but the intensity is lower compared to men.
Another factor is their non-willingness to seek health care. Men are more reluctant to seek medical care unless there is a serious need. With their carelessness behavior, they tend to ignore the symptoms at the initial stage leading to later regrets.
WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF CURE IN CANCER?
If detected at an early stage, the chances of retrieval are good. But there is no complete cure to the ailment if the cells have already spread throughout the body. The types of cancer having a good survival rate in the last five years include breast cancer, melanoma, prostate cancer, cervical cancer, testicular cancer, hodgkin, lymphoma, and thyroid Cancer. However, the survival cases do not mean complete eradication of Cancer because some types of cancer can return after remission a few years after the treatment.
You never get a second chance in life; the only thing you are left with is Regret. So, be alert and keep an eye on the changes your body is experiencing. Take the symptoms seriously and raise the red flag immediately, and don’t wait till it reaches a stage where you don’t find a solution. Be alert. Be safe!