Know the Warning Signs of Common Types of Cancers
Almost everyone has been touched by cancer in some form. It’s hard to escape it. A loved one, friend, colleague or neighbor is likely battling it right now.
February is National Cancer Prevention Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about the steps you can take that may help to prevent cancer and the importance of early detection.
According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the most common type of cancer is breast cancer. 234,000 people are diagnosed with it each year. It is followed by prostate cancer and lung cancer.
Overall, the top 12 forms of cancer are:
- Bladder Cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Colon and Rectal Cancer
- Endometrial Cancer
- Kidney Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Thyroid Cancer
Warning Signs that Might Indicate Cancer
While every type of cancer is unique, there are some overall symptoms that need to be shared with and followed up on by a physician. They include:
- Extreme fatigue that doesn’t improve with rest
- Unintended or unexplained weight loss
- Pain that doesn’t go away such as a headache or backache
- Changes in skin color
- Sores that won’t heal
- Changes in bowel or bladder habits
The good news is that many forms of cancer can be prevented by adopting a healthy lifestyle.
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