Possible Signs of Cancer Symptoms that Men Should Never Ignore
Possible Signs of Cancer Symptoms
LUMP IN THE BREAST
Breast cancer doesn’t just affect women. Although it’s not common it men, it does happen. If you notice a lump in the breast area, get it checked out. Signs to watch for include skin puckering, nipple retraction, redness or scaling of the nipple or skin.
CHANGES IN THE TESTICLES
Testicular cancer is most common in men aged 20 to 39. Regularly examining your testicles and feeling for changes, such as growth or shrinkage, could save your life. If you notice swelling, a hard lump, or a feeling of heaviness in the scrotum, see your doctor immediately.
CHANGES IN URINATION
As men get older, they need to urinate more frequently, especially at night, and feel greater urgency to urinate. If the symptoms get worse, see your doctor as you may have an enlarged prostate – which may be benign, or caused by cancer.
CHANGES TO A MOLE
A change in the size, shape and colour of a mole, the development of a new mole, or changes in skin pigmentation (such as excessive scaling or bleeding) are signs of skin cancer. According to Cancer Research UK, men are mostly affected on the trunk – 38% of cancerous moles appear here, followed by the face (22%), the arms (17%) and the legs (15%).
UNEXPLAINED WEIGHT LOSS
If you’ve lost weight without trying recently (you haven’t changed your diet or exercise routine) it can be cause for concern. If you’ve lost more than 10% of your body weight within three to six months, make an appointment to see your doctor.
A persistent cough that lasts for three weeks or more, or a change in cough, shouldn’t be ignored – especially if you’re a smoker. A severe or prolonged cough may signal chronic bronchitis or it could be lung cancer.
If you notice blood where it shouldn’t be, see your doctor immediately. Coughing or spitting up blood and blood in the stools or urine should never be ignored. Don’t assume blood in the stools is caused by hemorrhoids – it could be colon cancer.