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15 signs of cancer in men

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By Maria Cendejas

1. Persistent coughing

Speaking of coughing, most people think of colds, flu and allergies.  However, persistent coughing that lasts three to four weeks may be symptoms of cancer such as lung cancer.

2. Pain

Unexplained pain may be early signs of cancer. American Cancer Society pointed out that any persistent pain needs to be checked in time, the doctor through the medical history and other details can determine whether you need to do further tests to rule out cancer. If it is not cancer, these tests can also make you aware of what causes the pain and make the necessary diagnosis and give you needed treatments.

3. Changes in testis

Testicular cancer is more likely to occur men aged 20 to 39 years.  American Cancer Society recommends men should routinely check their testis. Some doctors recommend self-examination once a month.   Enlarged or shrunk testicles should attract attention.  In addition, immediate attention should be paid to swollen testis and strange feeling of the male sex organ. Some testicular cancers occur very quickly, so early detection is particularly necessary.

4. Changes in lymph nodes

If men have swollen axillary lymph nodes or neck lumps, they need to check relevant issue to role out infections.  If no infections are involved, biopsy may be needed to determine if there is a cancer.

5. Fever

Many cancers can cause fever.  Cancer-induced fever is often due to the fact that cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Fever is also possible in people with leukemia and lymphoma.

6. Quick weight loss without known cause

If unexplained weight loss is more than 10% during a short period, you need to promptly find the cause. This may be a sign of cancer.

7. Abdominal pain and depression

Abdominal pain and depression need to be checked in time. The study found that between depression and pancreatic cancer there is a close relationship. In addition, abdominal pain associated with jaundice, stool color change (it is often gray) also need attention.  Chest X-ray examination, CT scan, MRI and other tests may be needed to examine and see if you have cancer.

8. Fatigue

Similar with fever, fatigue may be caused by the growth of cancer.   Leukemia, colon cancer or early gastric cancer have symptoms of fatigue.

9. Unexpected change in breast tissue

Attention should be paid to unexpected changes in breast tissue.  American Cancer Society says that folded skin or inverted nipple or breast skin redness or scaly or nipple discharge can be signs of breast cancer.

10. Difficulty swallowing

Difficulty in swallowing may be  due to a gastrointestinal cancer such as esophageal cancer.   Doctor can check on your medical history and use X-ray, endoscopy of the esophagus and stomach to determine if there is cancer.

11. Skin changes

Moles can lead to skin cancer.  Attention needs to be paud to skin pigmentation, irregular shape of moles and abnormal bleeding skin, which are commonly associated with malignant skin neoplasms.

12. Abnormal bleeding

If bleeding occurs somewhere it has never occurred before such as coughing up blood and blood in the stool and urine, see a doctor as soon as possible.  For example, blood in the stool may be due to external hemorrhoids, but it can also be due to colon cancer.

13. Oral abnormalities

Smokers need to be alert for oral leukoplakia.  Having leukoplakia means the individual is likely to have oral cancer.

14. Abnormal urination

With increasing age, it is normal for men to experience frequent urination or feeling of urgency for urination.   If the symptoms become more serious, you need to pay attention, to have doctors to determine whether you have prostate hyperplasia. Prostate-specific antigen blood test can be used to determine  whether a man is at high risk for prostate cancer. If the PSA levels are high, there is a possible that the man suffers prostate cancer.

15. Indigestion

Many men, especially older men, would consider severe indigestion a problem with heart disease.  But chronic indigestion may be signs of cancer in the esophagus, throat, stomach cancer and other parts of the body.

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