Five Pains that Point to Cancer

Pain is the body's warning system that alerts us that something is not right. Here are 5 pains that could suggest a serious illness is underway.

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Here are 5 pains that should never be ignored.

Chest Pain

The 2 lungs sitting on either side of the heart are flexible air sacs that expand and contract tirelessly with each breath. They take in oxygen-rich air essential for all processes in the body and releases carbon dioxide, the waste product produced by hard-working cells. Compromise their capacity and subtleness, the whole body suffers the effects. Tumors located in lungs make breathing difficult and painful. The cancer can also infiltrate the breathing tubes to cause wheezing.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in both men and women. Although smoking greatly increases the risk, lung cancer can also occur in people who have never smoked, particularly women.

The Lung Cancer Tipoff: Pain in the chest, chronic cough, coughing up of blood, shortness of breath, wheezing, hoarseness and weight loss can be a sign of lung cancer.

Abdominal Pain

Pain in the abdomen can be caused by a number of illnesses including colon cancer, defined by tumors of the large intestines. When tumors invading the colon wall grow and expand, it can block off the thoroughfare that carries solid waste away. This is why people with colon cancer experience changes in bowel performance. Screening colonoscopy can visualize precancerous polyps that occupy the colon and doctors can remove them before they advance to cancer.

The Colon Cancer Tipoff: Abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, blood in stool, rectal bleeding and difficulty passing stool, change in stool consistency and weight loss can be a sign of colon cancer.

Pelvic Pain

The pelvic region contains some reproductive and urinary tract organs, such as the uterus, ovaries and bladder. Some women may be accustomed to pelvic pain, cramping and bloating as part of the normal menstrual cycle, but it can also point to cancer of the ovaries. One of the problems with ovarian cancer is that pain usually appears late in the disease because the ovaries on each side of the uterus have a spacious cavity to grow in, and painful symptoms only appear when the tumors enlarge. But research is revealing that many women with ovarian cancer do in fact experience symptoms.

The Ovarian Cancer Tipoff: Pelvic, abdominal or lower back pain, bladder pressure, changes in urinary bowel patterns, bloating, fullness and weight loss can be a sign of ovarian cancer.