It is important that we know what the early signs of cancer are, so that we can take fast and appropriate treatment measures. If left untreated, cancerous cells can spread from the part of your body that originates to the rest of your body. This can cause death if your cancer cannot be controlled.

Cancer is usually named after the part of the body where the cancerous cells originate from. So if cancer cells are first found in your colon, you are said to be having colon cancer. The following are early signs of cancer are typical of a lot of cancers that you should generally know of.

1. Abnormal and unexplained pain. Pain that cannot account for and continues for a prolonged period of time may be an early sign of cancer. For instance, unexplained abdominal pain can be caused by intestinal cancer.

2. Rapid weight loss. When you lose weight quickly and without any reasons, it can be an early sign of cancer. Rapid weight loss can also be a sign of other diseases. So you would need to find out what exactly you are suffering from by seeking a diagnosis.

3. Appearance of tumors. You should investigate all appearances of tumors as they can be early signs of cancer such as breast cancer. Breast cancer may also cause changes to the shape or size of nipples, discharge from the nipples, new marks around the nipples, swelling of the breast, nipples, armpits, or shoulders, extension of veins in the breast skin, and sores.

4. Appeance of moles and changes in skin appearance. You should examine your skin changing moles and open wounds that resist healing. These can point to early signs of skin cancer. Note any unusual marks on skin and in cavities such as lips, mouth, and genitals. Also, sores that do not heal, especially with irregular distribution of coloring or bleeding and dripping, should be investigated immediately.

5. Persistent coughing. Warning signs of lung cancer include chronic hoarseness and a persistent cough.

6. Changes in urine production. Any change in urine frequency and production, including pain, slow flow, or blood in urine should be examined. Backache can also be a sign of prostate cancer.

7. Changes in brain function. Brain cancer is characterized by pain, numbness, loss of hearing, balance disorders, sight problems, and changes in mental function. Loss of function of some body parts is possible.

8. Changes in digestive function. Digestive cancer can be made apparent by swallowing difficulties, feelings of fullness when not warranted, and aches can be symptomatic of cancer in the digestive system, such as stomach, throat, larynx, or esophagus cancer.

9. Changes in stool frequency and appearance. If you notice changes in stool frequency and appearance, you need to look into if these are early signs of cancer in the intestines or rectum. If the stool is red, then it may indicate blood. Black feces may indicate blood from the upper intestinal tract. If you alternate between diarrhea and constipation or have mucus in the feces, these can also be early signs of cancer. Narrow, pencil like stool could indicate cancer as it is a sign of blockage in the system.

10. Abnormal bleeding from genital areas. Abnormal bleeding from genital regions and lower limb ache may indicate vaginal, uterine, or cervical cancer.

By becoming aware about what the early signs of cancer are, you can take the necessary action of seeking for a proper diagnosis. Early treatment can help you with a higher chance of recovery by arresting the spread of cancer growth. It also allows you to look for ways to build up your immune system to ward off the disease.

Author's Bio: 

Evelyn Lim is a health writer and publisher. She also runs a health article directory that has a growing database of articles on cancer and other diseases. For more current health articles, please visit