10 Early Symptoms of Cancer in Men

Early Symptoms of Cancer in Men

Overview

Do you feel a constant nagging of back pain, frequent problems of indigestion or a sudden change in your restroom habits? Don’t ignore them. You should consult a doctor as these problems can be a sign of something serious. 

Symptoms of cancer are often indefinite. Even prostate cancer, the most common form of cancer that affects men does not have definite symptoms. So you need to be careful. Contact your doctor if you relate to any of the signs mentioned in this article. It can be nothing to worry about, but it is always better to be safe than sorry. And we all know, one of the best ways to treat a disease is diagnosing it in its early stage. Take a look at these 10 symptoms that are strongly linked to cancer in men.

1. Abnormal Lumps or Growth

Abnormal Lumps or Growth
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Have you seen or felt a mass or lump of tissues under your skin? New lumps do not necessarily mean cancer. Most of the time they are cysts of new cell mass and most of them are benign. But you should check it first. Lumps generally show up in breasts (breast cancer is not for women only, even men can get breast cancer as well), lymph nodes, testicles and soft tissues like ligaments and tendons. Report immediately to your doctor if you find any lumps in your body or if an old one has suddenly grown in size.

2. Changes in Skin or Mouth

Changes in Skin or Mouth

Always contact your dermatologist if you notice a strange spot on your skin. That can be a blistering sunburn or even a simple mole, freckles that changed its colour or shape suddenly. This can be a sign of skin cancer. If you often have a sore in the mouth that does not heal or have patches on the tongue contact a dentist as they can be a sign of oral cancer.

3. Changes in Your Testicles

Changes in Your Testicles

Have you noticed your testicles recently? Did you notice any changes? Like if you feel that one of them has suddenly become visibly a little bigger, or they feel extra heavy or feel swollen? Do you feel pain in any of them or a sudden dull ache in your groin? If you have any of these signs go straight to your doctor. It is one of the most common signs of prostate cancer. These signs are generally noticed in men between the ages of 24-34.

4. Sudden Changes in Your Bowel Habits

Sudden Changes in Your Bowel Habits

A little problem in bowel occasionally is normal. But an abrupt change in your entire bowel habit may be a symptom of ‘colorectal cancer’. Colon cancer can develop anywhere in the colon whereas, in the case of rectal cancer, it will occur in the rectum. If you are suddenly suffering from frequent or constipation go and talk to a doctor fast.

5. Problem While Peeing

Problem while peeing

Some problems when you pee can arise with growing age. That is perfectly normal. But there are certain changes in your urine routine that may indicate prostate cancer. If you need to go to the restroom more often, have pain or burning sensation at the time of peeing or having trouble urinating or experiencing a weak stream. This can be a sign of prostate or bladder cancer. You need to consider talking to a doctor if you notice these changes.

6. Indigestion and Trouble Swallowing

Indigestion and Trouble Swallowing

Most of us have problems while swallowing from time to time. But a regular problem of indigestion or trouble swallowing is not a normal thing. It can be a sign of stomach or throat cancer. You should never ignore a prolonged and painful sensation in your throat or chest.

7. Persistent Coughing

Coughing is very common for people with cold or allergies. But a cough that lasts more than 3 weeks without symptoms of cold, like stuffy nose or fevers, can be an early sign of lung cancer. Constant wheezing, hoarseness, and shortness of breath or coughing of blood is the sign to call your doctor right away.

8. Sudden Weight Loss

Sudden Weight Loss

If you are losing weight abruptly without any exercise or changes in your diet (Even if you think that you need to lose these pounds) then you should go and check with a doctor first. It can be an early sign of pancreas or stomach cancer.

9. Persistent Pain

Persistent Pain

A headache that simply would not go away or that long neck and back pain you feel almost for a year now, your doctor needs to know instantly about that. Persistent pain is the first sign of something that is not right.

10. Constant Feeling of Fatigue

Constant feeling of fatigue

You don’t want to hang out with your friends after work anymore? Do you feel tired even after you wake up after a good 7 hours of sleep? If you have a constant feeling of fatigue no matter how much rest you have. Consult a doctor as fast as possible since it can be a sign of growing cancer.

Conclusion

Always remember that having one or more than one symptom does not mean that you have cancer. Our body gives us early signs of almost every life-threatening disease. So, you should get a check-up to be on the safer side.

Dr. Joydeep Acharya
Dr. Joydeep Acharya

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