21 Cancer Warning Signs People Shouldn’t Ignore

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The American Cancer Society says the body often gives signs and symptoms that something is not working properly when cancer is present. It’s important to not self-diagnose and draw conclusions, nonetheless, it is worth listening and paying attention to changes in the body. What can follow are tests to determine the cause for unexplained aches and pains.

The National Institutes of Health defines cancer “some of the body’s cells begin to divide without stopping and spread into surrounding tissues.” The NIH says, “Unlike normal cells, cancer cells are less specialized than normal cells. That is, whereas normal cells mature into very distinct cell types with specific functions, cancer cells do not. This is one reason that, unlike normal cells, cancer cells continue to divide without stopping.”

As the cancer grows or spreads, it can push on the nerves, blood vessels, and close organs, thus, giving off symptoms and signs. Here are some things to keep an eye out for.

1. A persistent cough that doesn’t get better with time.

A cough that comes suddenly and goes from what appears to be a cold or even allergies to chronic.