Do you have a nagging backache that never seems to go away? Flu-like symptoms? A pain in your arm? Unexplained bloating? Any of these 4 body pains could be the warning signs of cancer. Dr. Oz reveals what you need to watch out for that could save your life.
Body Pain: Back Pain Could Mean Pancreatic Cancer
Over 44,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer will be diagnosed this year, a disease that’s regarded as a silent killer since it’s usually quite advanced by the time it’s discovered. A gland that makes acid to help you digest food, the pancreas is located deep in the abdomen, directly behind the stomach, which is why tumors are often hard to detect. When a cancerous tumor blocks the pancreatic duct, acid backs up and eats away the pancreas, which causes abdominal pain that can often radiate down the back.
Millions of people experience back pain, which is most often muscle-related. Yet, if you have persistent pain that is not helped by anti-inflammatory meds, and/or is accompanied by yellowing skin or pale stools, see your doctor to rule out pancreatic cancer.
Lastly, pain caused by pancreatic cancer can be temporarily relieved by bending over, as opposed to typical back pain caused by sore muscles that persist in that position.
Body Pain: Flu-like Symptoms Could Mean Lymphoma
Over 75,000 new cases of lymphoma – one of the deadliest cancers found in young woman – will be diagnosed this year. Lymphoma is cancer of the lymph nodes, which are located in your armpits, neck or groin. This cancer attacks white blood cells, an important part of your immune system. Signs of lymphoma can be similar to the flu and include unexplained weight loss, night sweats or fevers above 101.5. Other symptoms include lumps in your throat, nosebleeds or bloody gums. If symptoms persist for more than a week or two, see your doctor.