There are more than 100 different types of cancer that have been identified. Each has its own symptoms and causes, treatment protocols and survival rates. No matter what type of cancer an individual and their family are dealing with, there was a period of time before the diagnosis when they had their suspicions but weren’t sure – when the thought of cancer crossed their mind but got brushed aside in a burst of hope and optimism. Every patient whose cancer diagnosis has been confirmed remembers that period of innocence, when their worst fears wrestled with hope.
There are many reasons to suspect that you have cancer. For some it a family history of the disease, or of an earlier exposure to a carcinogen. For others it is a series of symptoms that tell them that something is simply not right. It may be something that you didn’t notice yourself and that a health professional detected during a regular checkup, or something noticed by a friend. Even cancers that are in specific parts of the body tend to share some common symptoms.
While each individual experience with cancer varies, there are common symptoms that can show up which include:
Though each of these symptoms can be benign, for many patients they are the first sign that they receive about their cancer.
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