The Subtle Signs of Cancer
Each year, the American Cancer Society estimates the number of new cancer cases
and deaths expected in the United States in the current year and compiles the
most recent data on cancer incidence, mortality, and survival based on incidence
data from the National Cancer Institute, Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries and
mortality data from the National Center for Health Statistics.
Incidence and death rates are age-standardized to the 2000 US standard million
population. A total of 1,437,180 new cancer cases and 565,650 deaths from cancer
are projected to occur in the United States this year.
A British group of researchers have recently put together a list of the top
warning signs of cancer that maybe overlooked or ignored.
1. Blood in the urine is a possible sign of bladder cancer.
2. Difficulty swallowing is an early sign of cancer of the esophagus.
3. Lumps on the breast among women and men could be breast cancer.
4. Blood in the stool is a top symptom of colon cancer.
5. Menstrual bleeding after menopause could suggest uterine cancer.
6. Coughing up blood is an indication of lung cancer. This is especially true in
7. Fatigue, loss of appetite, unexplained weight loss or persistently achy bones
all could be signs of cancer nearly anywhere in the body.
But by no means do these signs mean cancer all the time.
Again, there are many clinical situations where patients can develop one of
these signs or symptoms for a non-cancer related reason.
Additional research has also shown that our mind can send even stronger warning
signs of cancer than the body. Don't disregard your own intuition, as an
internal sign. There just maybe times when you can sense that something is not
right within your body.
Cancer is not caused by an injury, such as a bump or bruise.
Cancer is not contagious. Although being infected with certain viruses or
bacteria may increase the risk of some types of cancer, no one can "catch"
cancer from another person.
Having one or more risk factors does not mean that you will get cancer. Most
people who have risk factors never develop cancer.
Some people are more sensitive than others to the known risk factors.