Sign : Liver Cancer, Lung Cancer, Stroke, Breast Cancer
Symptoms of liver cancer are often vague and don’t appear until the cancer is at an advanced stage. They can include:
- unexplained weight loss
- loss of appetite
- feeling very full after eating, even if the meal was small
- feeling sick and vomiting
- pain or swelling in your abdomen (tummy)
- jaundice (yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes)
- itchy skin
- feeling very tired and weak
- fine blood vessels visible on the skin in a radial pattern resembling the legs of a spider (known as spider naevi)
- enlarged and tender liver (you may feel tender below your right ribs)
- dark urine/grey pale stools (faeces)
- loss of sex drive (libido)
Symptoms of lung cancer. Cancer starts out as just one abnormal cell. It might take up to five years for it to multiply and grow big enough to be noticed.
Often lung cancer will not cause any symptoms until the tumour becomes quite large. This means it might only be discovered when you have an X-ray or scan for a different problem.
You will experience symptoms as your condition progresses. These might include:
- a cough that lasts more than three weeks
- feeling out of breath
- wheezing from one side of your chest (this might make it difficult to sleep on one side)
- blood in your mucus or phlegm
- weight loss
Stroke : The main symptoms of stroke can be remembered with the word FAST: Face-Arms-Speech-Time.
- Face – the face may have dropped on one side, the person may not be able to smile or their mouth or eye may have dropped.
- Arms – the person with suspected stroke may not be able to lift both arms and keep them there because of arm weakness or numbness in one arm.
- Speech – their speech may be slurred or garbled, or the person may not be able to talk at all despite appearing to be awake.
- Time – it is time to dial 999 immediately if you see any of these signs or symptoms.
Breast Cancer : It’s as simple as TLC
TOUCH your breasts. Can you feel anything unusual?
- Can you feel a lump? Either in the breast, upper chest or armpits.
- Is there a lumpy area? Or unusual thickening of the breast tissue that doesn’t go away?
- Is there any unusual pain? Either in part of the breast or the armpit.
LOOK for changes. Is there any change in shape or texture?
- Any change in size or shape? For example, one breast might become larger or lower than the other.
- Any change in skin texture? Such as puckering or dimpling of the skin of the breast.
- Any change in colour? For example the breast may look red or inflamed.
- What about the appearance or direction of the nipple? For example, one might become inverted (turned in) when it normally points out.
- Any unusual discharge? One or both nipples might have a discharge.
- Any rash or crusting? Of the nipple or surrounding area.
CHECK anything unusual with your doctor.
- Is anything unusual? If so, get it checked out by your doctor as soon as possible
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