Just because an ache or symptom seems non specific or usual, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be taken seriously. In fact, even the most common signs and ailments could be the first signs of cancer. In a survey with a population of 1,729 adults over 50 in the UK that was published in PLOS ONE; respondents evaluated how serious they perceived a list of 17 ailments, 10 of which were actual cancer markers.
It turns out, not enough attention is being given to warning signs, says study author Katharina Whitaker, a senior research fellow at University College London. “Some people don’t think they [the symptoms] are serious, and cancer does not leap to mind.”
While for the vast majority, “these warning signs will not indicate cancer,” Whitaker says, “for a few, they might, and so going to the doctor sooner could save your life. If you have at least one of these symptoms and it hasn’t gone away, go to your primary care physician for advice,” Whitaker says. Here are 10 potential cancer symptoms to take into consideration :