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  • midlifelove 10:18 am on January 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bladder cancer, changes in the skin, difficulty swallowing, early warning signs, excessive bruising, kidney cancer, lung cancer, men ignore, persistent cough, top ten cancer signs   

    Ten Cancer Warning Signs Men Ignore: Nos 6 – 10 

    Ignoring early warning signs can mean the difference between life and death when it comes to detecting and treating cancer.

    And men sadly, are much less likely than women to get themselves checked by their doctor, so are dying unnecessarily of treatable illness by leaving it too late.

    For the first five, check out Top Ten Cancer Symptoms Men Ignore Nos 1 – 5

    Cancer Symptom in Men No. 6: Persistent Cough

    Lung cancer is the second most common – and the most deadly – cancer in men, and no persistent cough which may be an indicator should be ignored.

    The symptoms of lung cancer may include:

    • Having a cough most of the time
    • A change in a cough you have had for a long time
    • Being short of breath
    • Coughing up phlegm (sputum) with signs of blood in it
    • An ache or pain when breathing or coughing

    Coughs are expected, of course, with colds, the flu, and allergies. They are also sometimes a side effect of a medication. But a very prolonged cough — defined as lasting more than three or four weeks – needs investigation.

    Cancer Symptom in Men No. 7: Difficulty Swallowing

    Swallowing difficulties can be a sign of several cancers, including pharynx and throat cancer, the eighth most in men.

    Some men may report trouble swallowing but then learn to live with it, by changing their diet to a more liquid one over time.

    If you are having difficulties swallowing, see your doctor.

    Cancer Symptom in Men No. 8: Changes in the Skin

    The sixth most common cancer in men is melanoma or skin cancer, and the ninth most common, leukemia, also can cause excessive bruising, so any change in skin appearance needs investigation.

    Most experts advise not to leave it any longer than a few weeks to get a change in skin condition checked; don’t let it go on for months.

    You should be alert to not only changes in moles — a well-known sign of potential skin cancer — but also changes in skin pigmentation, says Mary Daly, MD. Daly is an oncologist and head of the department of clinical genetics at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia.

    Cancer Symptom in Men No. 9: Blood Where It Shouldn’t Be

    If you notice blood anywhere it normally should not be – in urine, bowel motions, or from spitting – you should get it urgently checked out. It might just be hemorrhoids (piles) but it could also be a sign of one of the common cancers like cancer of the colon/rectum (3rd most common), bladder or kidney cancer.

    Studies suggest that the average duration of symptoms (from onset to diagnosis) is 14 weeks. There is no association between overall duration of symptoms and the stage of your tumor.

    Cancer Symptom in Men No. 10: Indigestion

    A lot of guys, especially as they get older, think “heart attack” when they get bad indigestion, even if they’ve just eaten and drunk their way through a marathon Super Bowl viewing. But persistent indigestion could point to cancer of the esophagus, throat, or stomach and should be reported to your doctor.

    Your doctor will take a careful history and ask questions about the indigestion episodes. Based on the history and your answers to the questions, the doctor will decide what tests are needed.

    As the pancreatic cancer (the tenth most common in men) is associated with digestive system, it sometimes causes symptoms that are common in other digestive system upsets.

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  • midlifelove 10:33 am on January 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cancer symptoms men ignore, early warning signs, , , leukemia, lymph nodes, non Hodgkins lymphoma, top ten cancer symptoms, unexplained weight loss,   

    Top Ten Cancer Symptoms Men Ignore 

    Recent research shows men who live with women have better health, because their “dearly beloved” nags them into going to the doctor when something is wrong. That’s the good news.

    The bad news is men are much more reluctant than women to front up and seek help when they sense bodily discomfort or early warning signs.

    And ignoring those early warning signs can mean the difference between life and death when it comes to detecting and treating cancer.

    Whether it is changes in your normal digestion, an undetected rise in PSA levels in the blood, or undiagnosed pain, it’s important to check out anything unusual and get regular checkups.

    The Most Common Warning Signs Nos 1 – 5:

    Cancer Symptom in Men No. 1: Urinary Problems

    The most common cancer in men is prostate cancer, while cancer of the bladder is the fourth most common.

    Prostate cancer frequently does not produce any symptoms until the condition is quite advanced.  Often it is diagnosed incidentally after treatment is sought for problems with urinary function.
    Common symptoms include:

    • Decreased force of the urine stream
    • Pain and/or difficulty when passing urine.
    • Passing urine more frequently (especially at night).
    • Blood in the urine.
    • Inability to pass urine (this can occur as the cancer enlarges, blocking the urethra).

    Bladder cancer also causes urinary problems, namely:

    • Pain during urination
    • Frequent urination
    • Feeling the need to urinate without results.

    If you have some of these symptoms, there is no need to panic, as many of them are similar to those of benign (non-cancerous) prostate conditions.

    You do need to get yourself checked out though, to ensure your PSA levels are not too high, or that there is no other more serious underlying problem.

    Cancer Symptom in Men No. 2: Pain

    As they age, people often complain of more aches and pains. But pain, as vague as it may be, can be an early symptom of some cancers, although most pain complaints are not from cancer.

    Any pain that persists, according to the American Cancer Society, should be checked out by your physician. The doctor can take a careful history, get more details, and then decide whether further testing is necessary, and if so what kind.

    If it’s not cancer, you will still benefit from the visit. That’s because the doctor can work with you to find out what’s causing the pain and help you know what to do about it.

    Cancer Symptom in Men No. 3: Changes in the Lymph Nodes

    Several cancers, including the fifth most common in men, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, can be diagnosed by changes in lymph nodes.

    If you notice a lump or swelling in the lymph nodes under your armpit or in your neck — or anywhere else — it could be a reason for concern.

    Your doctor will examine you and figure out any associated issues that could explain the lymph node enlargement, such as infection. If there is no infection, a doctor will typically order a biopsy.

    Cancer Symptom in Men No. 4: Fever or Fatigue

    Several common cancers, including kidney cancer (seventh most common in men) and non Hodgkins lymphoma can be picked up by general signs like fever, sweats, and vague feelings of fatigue.

    Both fatigue and fever occur after the cancer has spread from its original site and invaded another part of the body.

    Both can also occur with leukemia, or with some colon or stomach cancers, according to the American Cancer Society.

    It’s best not to ignore extreme tiredness or a fever that can’t be explained. Check with your doctor to find out what might be causing it and if anything needs to be done.

    Cancer Symptom in Men No. 5: Unexplained Weight Loss

    We’re not talking about a few pounds lost from a stepped up exercise program or to eating less because of a busy schedule. If a man loses more than 10% of his body weight in a short time period such as a matter of weeks, it’s time to see the doctor.

    Like fever and fatigue, it’s another vague symptom that can indicate all is not well. The sooner the source of the loss is identified, the better.

     
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