Nearly 1.7 million new cases of cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States alone. And while many people follow basic healthy living protocols that minimize their risks, such as getting enough exercise, eating a balanced diet and not smoking, there are countless forms of cancer that cannot be easily avoided by lifestyle change alone.
Even more frighteningly, many of the symptoms of cancer go unnoticed until they have spread throughout the body. What you assume is an exercise-related injury, symptom of a cold or a minor dermatological problem can be something more serious that lurks beneath the surface. The good news? When you know you need to pay attention to these amazing cancer symptoms, you increase your chances of living long and healthy lives.
1. Unexplained Weight Loss
If many people think that an easy weight loss is a good thing, in many cases it is a sign of something more serious. Unexplained weight loss, especially in the double digits, can be an early sign of some types of cancer. Cancers of the esophagus, throat and stomach can have difficulty swallowing or fullness, often resulting in significant and unintentional weight loss. Colon cancer is also a common factor in involuntary weight loss, thanks to the changes it can cause in your digestive habits.
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