If people recognized cancer symptoms early during the onset, it would help to avoid cancer completely. According to experts, if men made regular trips to doctor’s clinic, it would help to identify cancer symptoms and treat it in its early stage. But, when it comes to visiting doctors, men tend to avoid the visit completely.
Experts suggest that if routine preventive care was undertaken, it would mean early detection and better treatment options. Men display certain specific cancer symptoms involving various body parts; it is thus necessary to identify these symptoms. Following are the 15 most common cancer symptoms which men tend to ignore;
- Breast Mass: Although women are more susceptible to breast cancer, men too are at a risk. If you spot any new mass in the breast area, it should be checked by a physician. Some other signs include nipple retraction, nipple discharge, skin dimpling or puckering and redness of the breast area skin. Your physician will conduct a physical examination as well as take your entire medical history in order to rule out all the possibilities. Depending on what has been diagnosed, you may require a mammogram or biopsy.
- Pain: As we age, we tend to complain about pains and aches in varied parts of the body, but it is important to note that pain too can be an early symptom of cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, any persisting pain should be checked by a physician as it could be an indication of cancer.
- Testicular Changes: Testicle cancer is commonly observed in men aged 20- 39. A regular testicular examination by a physician can help you in determining cancer symptoms. A monthly self- examination is also recommended. Any changes in the size, swelling, lump or heaviness of the scrotum are signs of testicular cancer.
- Indigestion: Although indigestion is fairly common in older men, if it persists for long, a checkup is advised as it could be a symptom for cancer of the throat, esophagus or stomach. Based on your medical history and episodes of indigestion, your doctor will be able to identify the problem.
- Fatigue: Although it is an extremely vague symptom, it could point to cancer for some men. After cancer has set in, it causes fatigue in many men. According to the American Cancer Society, certain cancers such as leukemia, stomach cancer or colon cancer show signs of fatigue early during the onset of cancer
- Lymph Node Changes: In case you spot a swelling or a lump on the lymph nodes inside your armpits or on your neck, it could be a symptom, especially if it has been there for a month and gets larger by day, it should be therefore shown to a physician.
- Weight Loss: If you experience unexplained weight loss, it is a matter of concern. Losing few kilos is normal which could be due to stress, less eating etc., but if 10% of weight is lost in a period of 3-5 months, it is advisable to visit your physician.
- Persistent Coughing: Colds, flu and dust allergy all cause coughing and may also be a side effect of a medication. But persistent coughing, spanning for more than 3 weeks is a matter of concern as it could be symptom for cancer or other conditions such as acid reflux and chronic bronchitis.
- Skin Changes: One of the biggest symptoms of skin cancer is changes in moles on the skin. But skin pigmentation too is an indicator of cancer. Developing sudden bleeding or scaling on the skin indicates a risk of cancer. After observing changes of the skin for 2 weeks, it is best to consult a doctor.
- Changes in the Mouth: If you indulge in smoking or intake of tobacco be alert of tell tale signs such as white patches inside the mouth or white colored spots on the tongue or inside the mouth. Such changes are an indication of leukoplakia, a pre- cancerous area which can progress to oral cancer. You should report the condition to your physician or a dentist.