12 Cancer Symptoms Most People Ignore

For many people, just hearing the word “cancer” automatically triggers the thought of grave seriousness because most people are aware of the debilitating and life-threatening effects that stem from being diagnosed with the form of disease. Nine times out of ten, most people have either known someone personally or witnessed someone else lose a loved one in battling the disease. According to the American Cancer Society’s statistics, more than 1.5 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year and the number is steadily rising.

It is important to know that cancer is not just one type of disease, but rather it is a broad term used to characterize a class of more than 100 different related diseases that are all labeled as having abnormal cell growth. Within the body, cancer develops and becomes harmful when old cells that were originally meant to die continue to grow and divide as new abnormal cells. Depending on the disease type, these abnormal cells may lump together to form tumors that have to be surgically removed. In other cancer cases, these abnormal cells have to either be treated via chemotherapy (drugs) or radiation. There are so many different forms of the disease that exist due to the fact that the disease can occur anywhere within the body. Nevertheless, even if cancer is treated and goes away, it can sometimes reappear in the system. Although some forms of the disease grow and spread fast while others grow and spread more slowly, it is best health wise if cancer is caught and treated in its early stages before it metastasizes to other parts of the body. Being that cancer is a very common form of disease, everyone should always be conscious of the severity of the effects of the disease by familiarizing themselves with the symptoms below.

1. Weight Loss

Weight loss is generally considered to be a good thing when it is earned and expected on an individual’s health journey. However, when unexpected weight loss (10 pounds or more) occurs within an unusually short period of time, it is thought to be a possible sign of sickness. Of the various signs to take note of when categorizing the disease, losing weight is obviously the most noticeable of them all. Individuals diagnosed as having cancer will typically undergo the unexpected loss of weight for a variety of reasons. With the disease, due to changes in the body’s immune system and other metabolic processes, losing weight is often attributed to muscle loss and appetite loss. Nonetheless, like many other illnesses, nausea and vomiting are some of the side effects of cancer and these are primary contributors to the loss of appetite that directly result in losing weight. Other causes for appetite loss include having ascites (accumulation of fluid in the abdomen) that can create the false sense of fullness or having an enlarged spleen that may push against the stomach which too can create the feeling of fullness. Furthermore, those suffering from the effects of the disease may also experience changes in taste in smell that may cause them to become uninterested in eating and this makes it difficult for them to maintain a healthy appetite.