There are over 200 different types of cancer, but as early detection is vital in saving lives, it’s important to be aware of the symptoms. And some signs might present themselves when you are eating
There are more than 200 different types of cancer, and some have more clear symptoms than others, but there are some specific signs you should look out for.
There are around 375,000 new cancer cases in the UK every year, one in two people will develop some form during their lifetime. Today (February 4) is World Cancer Day, a global initiative raising worldwide awareness and improving education about the group of diseases, which can start in almost any organ or tissue of the body when abnormal cells grow uncontrollably.
Spotting cancer at an early stave can save lives, which is why it’s so important to be aware of the symptoms – even if they aren’t very specific. Different types of cancer have various symptoms, and it’s important to know that these can also be caused by completely unrelated things. But if you experience any of the symptoms listed below, or any unusual symptoms, you should see your GP as soon as possible.
According to Macmillan, there are several general cancer symptoms that affect the way we eat. One thing you should be aware of is having difficulty swallowing, chewing, or feeling that something is stuck in your throat.
Another general sign is loss of appetite. You should speak to your GP if you don’t feel like eating as much as you normally do, or feel full quickly when you eat.
Lastly, if you get indigestion or heartburn most days for three weeks or more, of if it’s very painful, it could be a warning sign. But it’s important to remember that this can be normal after eating a large or spicy meal.
There’s one particular time during the day it’s important to look out for any unusual problems – when you’re eating. You should also tell your GP if you have a bloated or swollen tummy that happens often, or lasts a long time. Feeling bloated can be caused by many different conditions, but also some types of cancer, including in the ovaries, fallopian tube or peritoneum.
You should also look out for changes to your bowels, especially if they’ve been going on for three weeks or more. This includes loose or runny poo, hard poo, needing to poo more often than usual, or blood.
If you need support or just want someone to talk to, call Macmillan free on 0808 808 00 00.