The 4 Body Pains That Could Mean Cancer

Dr. Oz reveals lifesaving information regarding 4 body pains that could signify the deadliest cancers targeting women, followed by the top 4 cancer-fighting supplements.

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Body Pain: Arm Pain Could Mean Lung Cancer

Over 200,000 new cases of lung cancer – the number-one cancer killer of all time – will be diagnosed this year. What’s more, 1 in 5 women diagnosed with lung cancer never smoked in their lives. Traditionally, lung cancer presents itself as coughing or painful breathing, but arm pain can also signify lung cancer.

This type of non-respiratory pain can occur on the inside of the arm and worsens over time. As the cancer invades locally, it blocks blood vessels and causes local irritation. You can get pain in the shoulders and neck area radiating all the way down the inside part of your arm. As opposed to sore muscles, this pain is similar to arthritis or a pinched nerve and is constant; it does not diminish by sitting, standing or putting your arm in different positions.

Body Pain: Bloating Could Mean Colon Cancer

Over 140,000 new cases of colon cancer will be diagnosed this year. If caught early, it’s one of the most curable cancers, which is why it’s important to know the warning signs. While polyps detected during colonoscopies are a risk factor, bloating can be a symptom. Bloating related to colon cancer is caused when the tumor blocks the colon, preventing gases and feces from moving through. 

Other symptoms related to colon cancer include bloody stools, a change in the shape of your stool, and the feeling you urgently have to urinate.

Starting at age 50, you need to have a colonoscopy every 10 years. If you have a parent or sibling with a history of colon cancer, start getting your colonoscopy 10 years before they were diagnosed.

Top Cancer-fighting Supplements

Most people don’t think cancer prevention can come in a bottle, but supplements are actually the “big guns” of aggressive preventive care. They give your body the building blocks it needs to prevent cancer and, in some cases, may even help heal precancerous cells. But remember that supplements alone won’t do it – you must abide by a healthy lifestyle, including eating wholesome foods and regular exercise.