Today, people are living longer when diagnosed with cancer. Regular check-ups detect diseases early when they are easier to treat.
Noticing any of the following symptoms does not mean you have cancer. But to be safe, talk to your doctor about these five signs and symptoms.
Unexplained weight loss
If you lose weight for no reason, see your doctor. Losing 10 pounds or more is nothing to worry about. However, in rare cases, it can be the first sign of cancer.
It’s not as tired as you might feel after a long day of work or play. Extreme fatigue that does not go away with rest can be an early sign of cancer.
Because cancer uses your body’s nutrients to grow and move forward, those nutrients no longer replenish your body. This “nutrient theft” can make you very tired.
There are many causes of fatigue, many of which are unrelated to cancer. If your symptoms are severe enough to affect your quality of life, see your doctor.