The disease that many fear most is cancer. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Too often, diagnosis is late because the warning signs of cancer mimic other conditions. In today’s show, Dr. Oz reveals some symptoms that could be warning signs of cancer. These are cancer symptoms that women are most likely to ignore.
First Sign: Bruising
Bruising can actually be a symptom of leukemia because this cancer is a disease of the blood that slows down the production of platelets. If there are fewer platelets, your blood’s ability to clot diminishes drastically, giving way to easy bruising. Now, bruising is a symptom you just might ignore because you probably think that:
- You’re just getting older.
- You’re a klutz.
- You might be anemic.
- They are side effects from medications.
How do you now know that your bruises are signs of leukemia, or not? Here are the things associated with bleeding that you should look out for:
- You have frequent fever or chills.
- You feel fatigue. This is not the usual fatigue that many mothers or women have. This is when you cannot get out of bed.
- You have bone pains. This happens because when the cancer goes into the bone, you will feel an aching in there.
Second Sign: Night Sweats
Night sweats can be a sign of Lymphoma. But, how do you know that your night sweats are signs of Lymphoma or not? Here are other signs associated with the symptom that you need to watch out for:
- Swollen lymph nodes.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Unexplained weight loss. This is when you are not trying to lose weight, but you lose weight.
At this point, Dr. Oz demonstrates to the audience how to detect possible cancer in the lymph nodes. First, use your three middle fingers and lightly press them behind your ears. Feel your way down to the base of the ears, and then the jaws. From the jaw, feel your way down to the throat and the base of the collar bones. If you feel that there is a tiny lump, like a kidney bean, and it moves around, then that’s normal. However, if the lump you feel is big and painless when you press down, and it doesn’t move that readily, you should be worried and see a doctor as soon as possible.
Third Sign: Bleeding In Between Periods
Irregular bleeding can be a sign of uterine cancer. You should start to worry about it if bleeding is associated with:
- You feel pain during urination or sex.
- You have pelvic pain.
However, you might often ignore irregular bleeding because you probably think that:
- You are just stressed out.
- You are on the pill,
- It’s just another sign of menopause.
- Those are just harmless fibroids.
Irregular bleeding is the most common sign of uterine cancer because the cancer that’s lining the uterine continues to grow bigger and it sheds, thus, causing the abnormal bleeding. Another reason for late diagnosis is that, as the cancer continues to grow, you might just think that you are only gaining weight. But on the other hand, you might also be wondering why you are gaining weight.
Dr. Oz emphasizes that these are clues you should not ignore, because these are things that you can control, especially when detected early. The problem now is that sometimes you don’t want to know that you have a problem. The issue with this then is denial. Dr. Oz says that he picked these problems and symptoms so that you can address them aggressively and seek the help of your doctor.
The symptoms that Dr. Oz presented are hoped to help you when to worry and when not to worry. The only key is to be courageous enough to see your symptoms objectively. Cancer is better treated when detected early. Watch out for the symptoms and do the right thing.