It’s human nature to ignore little aches and pains. But what if you experience a symptom that is unusual? Should you seek a doctor’s opinion or just wait for more information? Although it may seem prudent to wait and see, sometimes it is better to think of these 30 symptoms as your body’s warning system. If you heed these warning signs, you will focus on prevention, and it might just save your life.
#30 Scaly Lips
Scaly lips can be a symptom of cancer, and may not be just a chapped lip. Actinic cheilitis, or “Farmer’s Lip,” is a precancerous condition that usually appears on the lower lips. The lips will have roughness or scaliness, and sometimes accompanied by swelling and redness. This may mean you could be developing invasive squamous cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer. Have your lips checked out by a medical professional and they’ll be able to tell you if it is skin cancer.
#29 Irregular Bleeding
For women, irregular bleeding could be a sign of serious problems. Of particular concern is postmenopausal bleeding. If you are in menopause and begin bleeding you should see a physician to rule out the bleeding as a symptom of cancer or any medical causes.
Bleeding or clotting could mean you have benign endometrial polyps, endometrial cancer or cervical cancer. Endometrial cancer is the most common type of cancer of the uterus, reports the National Cancer Institute, and begins in the lining of the uterus.
#28 Back Pain
Have you ever wondered if back pain could be cancer? Back pain in men can be a sign of a spinal condition, like a compressed nerve, which can be treated. However, back pain can also have an even more sinister cause: spinal tumors. Serious spinal pain that is accompanied by weakness or difficulty urinating should be treated as an emergency, since spinal cancer progresses very quickly.
If you’re wondering if the lower back pain could be cancer, you should consult your doctor as soon as possible. Back pain can be a symptom of rectal, ovarian, and colon cancer, so don’t delay in seeking help.
Jaundice is visually experienced with a yellowing of the eyes and skin. If someone has pancreatic cancer, jaundice will be likely one of the first visible symptoms. The condition is caused by bilirubin, which is fluid made by the liver.
The American Cancer Institute says this is because, in pancreatic cancer, the cancer may start near the bile duct, pressing on it, and causing jaundice. Jaundice is a symptom of cancer that you can’t ignore.
The warning signs for significant stomach problems include pain that wakes you up at night, bloody stool, fevers, and vomiting. If these symptoms persist for any length of time, it could be anything from an ulcer, lactose intolerance, gall bladder disease, or pancreatic cancer.
You may also experience stomach problems as a symptom of stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer.