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1 in 3 will develop cancer. Find it. Find it early.

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1 in 3 Americans will develop cancer this year. 

Find cancer early

How important is early detection? 

Take skin cancer for example. Finding skin cancer early is associated with a 98% 5-year survival rate, but drops to 16% if found after skin cancer has spread.

Learn to listen to your body. It will speak to you when something isn't right. Investigating the underlying causes of your symptoms will help identify the cause, cancer or other.

Cancer signs and symptoms

Cancer can produce numerous signs and symptoms. These signs and symptoms are often caused by injuries, illness, benign tumors, or something else that is not cancer related.

However, your symptoms may lead to tests which can help your healthcare provider identify or rule out cancer.

Cancer signs and symptoms are dependent on size, location, and affect on organs and tissues. As cancer spreads and grows it can put symptoms producing pressure on organs, blood vessels and nerves. Though some cancers like those in the brain can cause symptoms at very smalls sizes and early stages other forms of cancer will produce no symptoms until they grow quite large like that of pancreas.

Common signs of cancers may include:

Breast changes
  • Lump or firm feeling in your breast or under your arm
  • Nipple changes or discharge
  • Skin that is itchy, red, scaly, dimpled, or puckered
Bladder changes
  • Trouble urinating
  • Pain when urinating
  • Blood in the urine
Bleeding or bruising, for no known reason
Bowel changes 
  • Blood in the stools
  • Changes in bowel habits
Cough or hoarseness that does not go away
Eating problems
  • Pain after eating (heartburn or indigestion that doesn’t go away)
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Belly pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Appetite changes
Fatigue that is severe and lasts
Fever or night sweats for no known reason
Mouth changes
  • A white or red patch on the tongue or in your mouth
  • Bleeding, pain, or numbness in the lip or mouth
Neurological problems
  • Headaches
  • Seizures
  • Vision changes
  • Hearing changes
  • Drooping of the face
Skin changes
  • A flesh-colored lump that bleeds or turns scaly
  • A new mole or a change in an existing mole
  • A sore that does not heal
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes)
    Swelling or lumps anywhere such as in the neck, underarm, stomach, and groin
    Weight gain or weight loss for no known reason

    Find cancer before symptoms develop

    It is possible to find certain types of cancer before symptoms and signs manifest. For screening recommendations by age, gender, and risk factors please visit the American Cancer Society here.

    References:

    https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-basics/lifetime-probability-of-developing-or-dying-from-cancer.html

    https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-basics/signs-and-symptoms-of-cancer.html

    https://www.cancer.gov/publications/pdq/information-summaries/adult-treatment

    https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/diagnosis-staging/symptoms

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