11 Cancer Symptoms Nobody Should Ignore
A few thousand years ago, a meagre bout of smallpox would ring the bells of the mortuaries. But now, the disease itself is obsolete. Ever since the innovation race has sparked off, discoveries and breakthroughs in the field of medical diagnosis and treatment have turned the odds in the favour of life. The average life expectancy for human beings rocketed up from 45 years to 79 years in the matter of a few years. Cutting edge treatments and quick diagnosis has paved way for us to present a formidable challenge to even the toughest diseases.
Yet somewhere in the shadows there lurks a disease that has plagued all life for years and still continues its rampant massacre. Cancer, in all of its varying manifestations still continues to pose an imperative threat to our lives. Despite all the hard work that has been exhausted over the past few decades, we still haven’t found a way to “eradicate” and “purge” this silent assassin.
But all hope isn’t lost. Newer diagnostic methods have succeeded in diagnosing cancer faster than ever. And refined chemotherapies have achieved higher success rates as the years go by. Hence there is always hope for surviving against cancer, as long as an early diagnosis is achieved. On of the main reasons for the late diagnosis and identification of cancer is the general unawareness of the general symptoms that manifest due to cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, the following symptoms are red flagged and an immediate consult with the doctor is advised.
11 cancer symptoms you shouldn’t ignore: –
- Unintended sudden weight loss
- Unexplained fever and inflammation
- Sores that do not heal
- Skin Changes
- Unexplained swellings and lumps
- Altered eating habits
- Altered bowel and bladder habits
- White spots on tongue
- Unusual bleeding
If you find any of the following symptoms, you should immediately meet up with a doctor and have these symptoms checked out. A faster diagnosis ensures that a treatment plan can be chosen accordingly and increases the chances of the cancer victim to survive.
But even if the malignancy gets identified in time, the sheer costs of the treatment regimens and prophylaxis renders the economically weak patients helpless. The increased complexity of the treatment is far beyond the grasps of the revenue that most patients can afford to invest.
But a silver lining does exist. The rise of the internet generation has brought forth the revolutionary ideas of revenue generation by the common public for any cause that they wish to support. Many people have utilised the service of crowdfunding in India, the last few years. It has proved to be a unparalleled gesture of solidarity and kindness by the internet generation, as they come together to donate money for the causes that they wish to support. Fundraising for cancer treatment is not a new thing and has been practised across all parts of the world. Families appeal to the internet community asking for their help against the monstrosity of cancer, and they do in fact receive financial assistance from the generous patrons on the internet. Many platforms are present on the internet, that facilitate in setting up crowdfunding for cancer treatments across India. Only when we come together and invest our resources, can we ensure that the hope for a “cure” to cancer prevails.