Understanding Cancer Symptoms and Risk Factors
“I think my cousin's brother has got cancer. But we are not sure because of confusing symptoms.” Priyank told the doctor.
“Cancer is a fatal disease that can prove fatal if not treated at the right time. Cancer symptoms depend on which part of the body is affected.” the doctor replied.
He also added that “Early symptoms of cancer are fatigue, lumps in the body, unexplained weight gain or loss, skin changes, such as pale or reddening or darkening of the skin, such as wounds that do not heal quickly, changes in moles and warts, persistent cough and shortness of breath, difficulty in swallowing, hoarseness in voice, etc.”
“Should we get the tests done?” Priyank asked.
“Yes, immediately.” the doctor said.
Priyank also asked how everyone can stay safe.
“If you live in an environment with harmful chemicals, then you are at higher risk of cancer. If you live among smokers, this also increases your risk. Lung cancer is the deadliest worldwide, causing more than 150,000 deaths annually, so one should avoid smoking and passive smoking.”
The doctor concluded that if there are no symptoms, but you are concerned about the cancer risk, you should discuss this with your doctor.