If you have these warning signs, you should see a doctor

A magnetic resonance (MR) mammography screen image shows a small tumor in a female patient's breast

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Symptoms of cancer are diverse: 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 it doesn’t have to be. If you have these signs, you should have a doctor examine you.

First of all, if you notice any changes in your body, don’t panic just yet. “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, chances are it can be cured if caught early.

Observing the body: certain symptoms may indicate cancer

If the cancer is at an early stage, there are usually no symptoms. However, if there is something different in your body and these changes increase or persist, it is advisable to get checked out. According to the DKG, the following signs can be the first symptoms of cancer:

  • Palpable swelling, hardening, or lump on the skin, mucous membranes, or soft tissues, often without pain
  • pain of unknown origin
  • Enlarged lymph nodes in the armpits, groin, or neck
  • prolonged cough; persistent and changing cough; constant urge to cough
  • blood when coughing
  • Persistent hoarseness and difficulty swallowing
  • shortness of breath

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

  • jaundice
  • Uneven, reddened palms or liver stars (small spider-like veins in the skin)
  • Change in stool/urine, pain, or blood in stool/urine
  • Increased need to urinate or intermittent weak urine flow

    Unusual digestive habits

    stomach pains

    Persistent feeling of pressure or fullness, abdominal pain or bloating

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

    constant belching and vomiting

    Loss of appetite and unexplained weight loss

    pallor and anemia

  • Constant fatigue, exhaustion, decreased performance

    Fever, sweating, dizziness, tachycardia

    New headaches

    visual or hearing impairments

    seizures

    Persistent itching

    Neurological disorders such as paralysis, speech and coordination disorders

  • sudden clumsiness

    personality changes

    Wounds that heal poorly or not at all

Cancer: Certain signals from our body can be the first signs of cancer. (Iconic image) © Jan-Peter Kasper/dpa

Cancer symptoms: signs that may indicate cancer, especially in women

  • Lumps and/or hardening in the breast
  • Strain nipple
  • Bleeding that has nothing to do with the menstrual period, such as during menopause or after sex
  • Brownish discharge
  • Source: DKG

The following symptoms may indicate cancer in men

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

A lot has happened in cancer treatment in recent years. A new drug offers hope for a cure. What’s more, according to one study, vitamin D and two other measures can reduce the risk of cancer – a few 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 correct diagnosis and initiate appropriate treatment. Taking medication or food supplements should be discussed with a doctor beforehand.

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