Cancer symptoms men should not ignore:
Men may think they're tougher than women, but they're not, especially
when it comes to cancer. Men are at a greater risk of developing and
dying from cancer than are women. In fact, men have a one in two chance
of developing cancer during their lifetime and a one in four chance of
dying of some type of the disease, compared with a one in three and a
one in five chance, respectively, in women, according to the American
factor contributing to these statistics is the fact that men are less
likely to see a doctor or seek medical help than are women, even when
they have a suspicion something isn't quite right. Those suspicions
could include cancer symptoms men should not ignore.
While no one wants to receive a diagnosis of cancer, identifying it
early in the game can literally be a lifesaver. If you have any of the
following symptoms or signs, be sure to consult a physician. It may
prove to be nothing at all or something other than cancer. But at least
you and your family will know what you are up against and you can take
the steps to manage it.
Your testicles have changed. First of all, you should be checking
your testicles regularly, like once a month while showering, for any
abnormalities such as lumps, swelling, or heaviness. Pain also could be
present. Such changes could indicate testicular cancer, which tends to
grow rapidly. See your doctor as soon as possible if you notice these
You have difficulty peeing. Urinary problems affect most men at some
point during their lifetime, but if they persist, it's often an
indication of prostate issues, such as enlarged prostate, prostatitis,
or prostate cancer. The most common urinary symptoms associated with
these conditions include urinary frequency, dribbling, difficulty
starting to pee, weak stream, needing to pee a lot during the night, and
urinary urgency. You won't know what the problem is until you see your
doctor for tests. So make that appointment for an examination
andprostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing.
You have difficulty swallowing. Most of us have a problem swallowing
our pride, but if those swallowing challenges are related to eating and
drinking, that's a different story. If you experience swallowing
problems and you also are vomiting and/or losing weight, stomach or
throat cancer are a possibility.
Numerous other conditions could be the problem as well, such as
gastroesophageal reflux disease, an inflamed esophagus, or esophageal
spasms, but you should have the swallowing problem addressed in any
There's blood in your stool or urine. It's not unusual for men who
exercise vigorously to sometimes see blood in their urine.
Both urinary tract infections and hemorrhoids are also associated
with blood in pee. However, the presence of blood in pee or stool also
can be one of the earliest signs of bladder, colon, or kidney cancer.
Don't take chances; get it checked out.
You notice breast changes. The next time you take your shirt off,
check out your chest. See any lumps, swelling, discharge from the
nipple, an inward nipple, or puckered, dimpled, or scaling of the nipple
or skin? These are signs of breast cancer in men, but some of them could
be indications of something else, such as gynecomastia (benign
enlargement of breast tissue). See your doctor about those changes as
soon as possible.
You have persistent swollen lymph nodes. When you're battling a cold,
the flu, or a case of bronchitis, you may notice that the lymph nodes in
your neck, groin, or armpits are swollen. While this is a sign that your
immune system is in fighting mode, the presence of persistent swollen
lymph nodes (four weeks or longer) may be a sign of something else,
including certain cancers (e.g., lymphomas, leukaemias) or cancers that
have spread (e.g., swollen lymph nodes in the armpit may indicate breast
cancer; swollen lymph nodes around the color bone may suggest lung
Patches have appeared in your mouth or on your lips. This is a sign
of mouth cancer (aka, oral cavity cancer) and is especially meaningful
for smokers or those who chew tobacco. Although your dentist and doctor
can check the inside of your mouth (that is, if you go regularly!), you
should do so as well. A red or white patch on the inside of the mouth is
one sign of mouth cancer; others include a sore that won't heal, tongue
pain, stiff or painful jaw, and a lump or thickening of the lining of
Your heartburn isn't getting better. You've been good to yourself:
your alcohol intake is down to two or three beers a week, you've cut out
fried, fatty, and salty foods, and you're exercising to reduce stress.
Yet your heartburn is as bad as ever...and perhaps worse. This could be
a sign of throat or stomach cancer. Men are more prone to develop
stomach cancer than are women. If you work in the rubber, coal, or metal
industries, you are at greater risk as well. Stop living on antacids and
see your doctor.
Ignoring cancer symptoms or pretending you are invulnerable to the
clutches of the different forms of the disease is foolhardy. Pay
attention to the signals your body is sending to you.
- Easy Health Option