There are certain cancer symptoms most men ignore, that they should pay more attention to. Being aware of the following symptoms can help doctors detect the cancer faster, and hopefully get it treated before it becomes very serious. Don’t Ignore These Symptoms
A lump or change in a man’s breast can indicate cancer the same as with a woman.
Changes in the Testicles
Getting regular testicular exams is recommended for men over twenty. If you notice a difference in the shape or abnormalities with your testicles then you need to get checked out.
Changes in the Lymph Nodes
If you notice a swelling in your lymph nodes in the neck, armpit, or anywhere else, it could be a sign of cancer.
An unexplained fever could indicate cancer, so don’t ignore it.
Weight Loss Without Trying
Unexplained weight loss can be a cause for concern especially if it’s rapid.
Fatigue could point to cancer if there is no reason for it, especially if it persists for a long amount of time.
A cough that is longer than three to four weeks should be checked out. It could be a sign of the beginning stages of lung cancer.
A difficulty swallowing could be a sign of GI cancer, like in the esophagus.
Changes in the Skin
Any changing moles, skin pigmentation, or bleeding and scaling should be looked at.
Blood where it shouldn’t Be
If you cough up blood, or notice blood in your urine or stool you should see a doctor.
It is important to have a regular physical and check in with your doctor even if you don’t have any symptoms. This way your doctor can monitor your health and pick up on any changes easier. If you are a male over the age of forty five then you are going to want to get a regular Colonoscopy because your risk of colon cancer is much higher as you get older. Another reason you will need regular colonoscopies perhaps even earlier is if you have colon cancer in your family, it is a hereditary condition.
About the Author: Dr. Peyton Berookim is a specialist at the Gastroenterology Institute of Southern California and would be happy to help you set up an appointment for a colonoscopy and give you a better chance at catching it early. The Gastroenterology Institute of Southern California is located at 150 N Robertson Blvd, Suite 204, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.