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Detect cancer early: If you have these symptoms, you should definitely go to the doctor

Cancer symptoms are varied: Anyone who discovers certain changes in their body should be urgently examined.

Frankfurt – Cancer does not develop overnight. The disease often develops slowly and is sometimes not even noticed. A few warning signals from the body can indicate cancer, but they don’t have to. If you have these signs, you should see a doctor.

First, if you notice any changes in your body, don’t panic right away. “In most cases it is not cancer, but other diseases,” reports the German Cancer Society (DKG) on its website. However, if it is a malignant tissue change, there is a good chance that it can be cured if it is discovered early.

Pay attention to the body: Some symptoms may indicate cancer

If the cancer is in an early stage, there are usually no symptoms. However, if there is something else about your body and if these changes increase or persist, it is advisable to have yourself examined. According to the DKG, the following signs can be the first symptoms of cancer:

  • Palpable swellings, induration or lumps on the skin, mucous membrane or in soft tissues, often without pain
  • pain of unknown origin
  • Enlarged lymph nodes in the armpits, groin or neck
  • prolonged cough; cough that lasts a long time and changes; constant urge to cough
  • blood when you cough
  • Persistent hoarseness and difficulty swallowing
  • short of breath

    Moles and warts, they change in size, shape and color

  • jaundice
  • Mottled, reddish palms or liver stars (small veins in the skin that protrude like spider veins)
  • Changed bowel movements/urine, pain or blood in the stool/urine
  • Increased urge to urinate or weak, intermittent flow of urine

    Unusual digestive habits

    heartburn

    Persistent feeling of pressure or fullness, abdominal pain or bloating

    Unusual bleeding or discharge from the mouth, nose, bowels or urethra

    Constant vomiting and vomiting

    Loss of appetite and unexplained weight loss

    pallor and anemia

  • Constant fatigue, exhaustion, decrease in performance

    Fever, sweating, dizziness, tachycardia

    New headaches

    visual or hearing impairment

    attacks

    Persistent itching

    Neurological disorders such as paralysis, speech and coordination disorders

  • Sudden clumsiness

    personality changes

    Wounds that heal poorly or not at all

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Cancer: Some signals from our body can be early signs of cancer. (icon picture)

© picture alliance/dpa | Uwe Anspach

Cancer Symptoms: Signs that may indicate cancer, especially in women

  • Lumps and/or induration in the breast
  • Twisted nipple
  • Bleeding that has nothing to do with menstruation, for example during menopause or after sexual intercourse
  • Brownish discharge
  • Those: DKG

The following symptoms may indicate cancer in men

  • Weak or interrupted flow of urine
  • difficulty urinating
  • An enlarged or hardened testicle
  • blood in the semen
  • Those: DKG

Much has happened in the last few years in the treatment of cancer. A new drug raises hope for a cure. Moreover, according to a study, vitamin D and two other measures can reduce the risk of cancer – some foods, on the other hand, can increase the risk. (Lea-Sophie Mollus)

The information given in this article does not replace a visit to a doctor. Only experts can make the right diagnosis and start appropriate therapy. The intake of medication or dietary supplements must be discussed with a doctor in advance.

List of sections: © picture alliance/dpa | Uwe Anspach

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