Each day, thousands of people sit in exam rooms in doctors’ offices and hear three words that change the courses of their lives forever: “You have cancer.” According to the National Cancer Institute, almost 40 percent of Americans will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. In 2017, there were 1,688,780 new cancer diagnoses and approximately 600,920 deaths.
And if you look up symptoms of cancer on the internet, well, everything from a headache to blotchy, red skin will send you in an “Oh my God. I have cancer” tailspin, and that’s no good. While all of these should be taken with a grain of salt, it is also important to realize that sometimes, seemingly small cancer warning signs demand your attention.
Fortunately, we’re here to sift through all of the nonsense you can find online and present you with 10 seemingly insignificant signs that can actually be pointing to a bigger problem.
1. Lumps beneath the skin.
We cannot stress enough the importance of doing self-exams once a month at home on commonly affected areas like the breasts. If you feel a lump on the breasts or testicles, it’s time to head to the doctor. While many of these masses end up being benign, it’s better to be safe than so, so sorry.
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