We all know that prevention is better than curing. And almost every disease if discovered on time can be treated. You need to know your body to watch for symptoms that change and can bring you to a deadly disease if not treated on time. There are over 200 forms of cancer, and all of them have their own unique symptoms. You can look for the common signs and symptoms that most cancers have and you need to know about them and know what to look for.

Symptoms in the mouth

Usually the ulcers in the mouth are benign. They occur in the mouth and disappear within two weeks. If the ulcer in your mouth doesn’t disappear after three weeks without healing, it can hurt or not, but it should be a reason for concern.

You need to be aware if there is a red or white patch in your mouth, or if there is an unexplained pain in the mouth or ear. This might be a symptom of cancer. See a doctor or a dentist if anything like this happens. Visit your dentist regularly because they can see the inside of the mouth and notice if something has changed.

Symptoms in the throat and neck

Usually women check for lumps in their breasts for breast cancer, but some of this lumps can appear in the throat as well. If they last for more than three weeks they are a sign of cancer. The lumps or the swelling in the throat can indicate some type of cancer including lymphoma or cancers in the head. They might hurt or they might not hurt. A symptom of cancer in the voice box or larynx can appear if you have a croaky voice. If this croaky voice hasn’t gone away in three weeks, especially if you are a smoker, you need to check it out.

If you have difficulty when swallowing, persistent vomiting, coughing up blood or having a cough that won`t go away, you need to visit a doctor. They might be one of the signs of throat and neck cancer.

Symptoms in the breast and chest

I have already mentioned that women check their breasts for breast cancer. There are other signs of breast cancer besides lumps, like size, shape, look or feel of the breasts, any puckering, dimpling or redness of the skin on the breasts, change in the position of the nipple, a rash or nipple discharge, or pain and discomfort in one breast. All these symptoms are signs for breast and chest cancer. Be aware of them.


Symptoms in the stomach and abdomen

When we lose weight it is because of stress, changes in the diet, sleeping patterns etc. However, when you start losing significant amount of weight unexplainably then don’t ignore it, just go and visit a doctor. Having persistent indigestion and bloating can be signs of stomach cancer or ovarian cancer. You need to watch out if experiencing pelvic or tummy pain, increased tummy size or having difficulty while eating or feeling full quickly. Because they also might be signs of cancer.

Genitals and groin

There are several symptoms that can show signs for cancer. Some of them are problems passing urine, blood in the urine, sore pain that hasn’t healed after few weeks, unusual bleeding, lumps or swelling in the genital area.

Know your body and check it regularly for any of these symptoms. If you notice any change, make sure to see your doctor about it.