Before relying on testing for answers, we can say that our body actually is a testing machine. Also, we can provide some helpful hints on spotting diseases if we are listening our body very closely.
Signs to Look For
Frequent fevers or infections
Frequently a sign of leukemia, a cancer of the blood cells that starts in bone marrow. It causes the marrow to produce abnormal white blood cells that hinder your body’s infection-fighting abilities.
Wheezing/shortness of breath
Lung cancer patients remember noticing this as one of their first symptoms but didn’t initially connect it to cancer.
Most commonly associated with throat cancer, but can be a good indicator of lung cancer too.
Feeling full and unable to eat
This is a sign of ovarian cancer. A loss of appetite even when you haven’t eaten for a while is a tip-off.
Could be an early sign of pancreatic cancer. A sudden disgust for coffee, wine or smoking can be linked to this as well.
Such a common symptom of cancer that it should be looked at in combination with other symptoms to determine which it is.
Rectal bleeding or blood in stool. Common sign of colorectal cancer. Blood in the toilet should be a big enough sign to see a doctor immediately.
Lumps in the neck, underarm or groin area
Swollen lymph nodes indicate changes in the lymphatic system which can lead to cancer.
Excessive bruising or bleeding that doesn’t stop
Suggests abnormalities with the platelets and red blood cells, which can be a sign of leukemia. Leukemia cells crowd out red blood cells impairing your blood’s ability to carry oxygen leading to clots.
An early sign of colon and other digestive cancers. Also a sign of cancer that has spread to the liver, affecting your appetite and the body’s ability to get rid of waste.
Bloating or abdominal weight gain
Ovarian cancer patients reported unexplained bloating that came on suddenly and continued for a significant amount of time.
A red, sore, or swollen breast
Indicates inflammatory breast cancer, unexplained changes should be told to a doctor immediately. A nipple that appears flattened, inverted or turned sideways had also been noticed by patients diagnosed with breast cancer.
Swelling of facial features
Lung cancer patients have reported noticing puffiness, swelling or redness of the face. Small cell lung tumors commonly block blood vessels in the chest preventing blood from flowing freely to the head.
Sore/lump on the skin that bleeds, becomes crusty or doesn’t heal
Different types of skin cancer (melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma) can cause these, so be aware of any odd-looking growths or spots.
Unusually heavy or painful periods, bleeding between periods
A common sign of endometrial or uterine cancer. A transvaginal ultrasound should be considered if the problem persists.
Chronic cough or chest pain
Leukemia and lung tumors (among others), show symptoms that can mimic a bad cough or bronchitis. Some patients also reported a chest pain that extended to the shoulder and down their arm.
Pain and cramping in the pelvis can be linked with the bloating signs of ovarian cancer. Leukemia also does this because it enlarges the spleen.
Pain in back or lower right side
Often an early sign of liver cancer. Breast cancer can also be found through this as a breast tumor can press backward into the chest or spread to the spine/ribs.
A brown/black dot under the nail can indicate skin cancer. Pale or white nails can be a sign of liver cancer. “Clubbing”, which is the enlargement of the fingers with nails that curve down over the tips, can be a sign of lung cancer.
Stomach cramps or a frequently upset stomach can be a sign of colorectal cancer.
How can you reduce the risk
It is important to normalize our levels of Vitamin D through regularly sunlight and also supplements , because it is well known that Vitamin D is like cancer preventative . Also it is very important to keep our insulin levels down by reducing or eliminating processed food . This is important because insulin levels may influence prostate cancer . It is recommendable to do blood test regulary . Insulin levels can be driven down also with regular exercise . Higher lycopene plasma levels, a carotenoid pigment present in tomatoes and many berries and fruits, have been shown to lower prostate risk in men as well.
Other advice in reducing of the risks is to reduce your exposure to environmental toxins like household chemical cleaners, pesticides and air pollution.