Cancer is a very deadly disease that kills about one in every four people. During the year 2005, more than 1500 Americans died of cancer everyday. In fact cancer the leading cause of death of most people under the age of 85 in America.
This is possible because cancer can affect almost any part or organ of the body. Cancer happens to any part of our body because of the time our body’s cells multiply as needed. When these cells keeps multiplying even when they are no longer needed, a mass or growth develops called a tumor.
The growths will either be benign or malignant. The malignant tumors are cancerous while benign are not. Benign tumors are rarely life threatening and can be removed. Malignant are tumors are deadlier because they spread on other body parts. Another for the cancerous cells to spread is when they break free of the tumor and enter the bloodstream. The process of cancer spreading is called metastasis. When the cancer cells have metastasized to other parts of the body it is still referred to where the original source was found. I.e. colon cancer that has spread to intestinal cancer is still referred to as colon cancer.
Leukaemia is a different case. This is because leukaemia affects the organs that from blood and blood first before invading the other nearby tissues.
As said earlier each body part could be affected by cancer. This makes each cancer on a different part of the body have their own characteristics and symptoms. A different cancer can affect your body in every different way. There are some common symptoms though. Here is a list of common symptoms that cancer patients often experience.
This is the most commonly experienced symptom that cancer patients report. When the cancer becomes more advanced, fatigue becomes more often and common. Fatigue is a sign when the cancer stages are still early, however it is not that common.
The very first symptom that is very noticeable is that you lose weight without any of your intentions. You may lose about 10 pounds of your weight without diets or much physical activity.
Cancer patients will be experiencing fever because their immune system will be affected making it weaker. The fever may also be due to the cancer itself or the treatment. The fever will occur when the cancer progresses.
Darkening of the skin, jaundice, reddening, abnormal hair growth, or skin itchiness will indicate some types of cancers.
The pain will usually be experienced when the cancer progresses. Some cancers such as bone cancer can have pain present on the early onset of the disease.