Given that over seven and a half million people will die from cancer this year, it’s natural for dread to take a place in the back of many people’s minds, especially if there are risk factors already present.
The Grim Fact is That Many People Will Discover Cancer This Year.
Here are some early warning signs that you should not ignore; if something doesn’t feel “right” or “normal” to you, your body is trying to tell you something. If there is cancer, the sooner it’s detected, the better the odds that it can be effectively treated.
Better a visit to the doctor to find nothing than not going and later finding serious illness that requires more drastic treatment and potentially higher mortality.
1. Increased Fatigue.
We know what normal tiredness feels like–even if we’re going through a particularly stressful time and getting less sleep than usual, we can tell that we’re just tired. If you experience chronic fatigue over time, however, it’s an indication that something is wrong. If you can’t make it through a day without a long nap or feel that you are simply without energy for a few weeks without let-up, there may be cause for concern.
When cells begin to multiply abnormally, the immune system immediately goes into overdrive to fight them; you’re working hard without even knowing it. Leukemia, colon, and stomach cancers can manifest early in fatigue; some colon and stomach cancers begin with internal bleeding which would also cause exhaustion.
2. Low-Grade Fever That Lingers.
A fever–even a low-grade one–is a sign of infection. When your immune system is fighting off an intruder of any kind, heat is generated and body temperature will rise.
If the fever lasts longer than 3 or 4 days and isn’t accompanied by any other usual symptoms of virus or bacterial infection, it’s wise to see your healthcare provider. Fever can be an early sign of lymphomas and leukemia as well as other serious conditions like urinary tract infection and tuberculosis.