When we experience bodily changes, more often than not we continue on in our daily routines. Sometime, these changes aren’t anything alarming, but other times they could mean something more serious is afoot. If you experience any of the below, let your physician know for further evaluation.
1. Difficulty Urinating
Prostate cancer is a leading cancer in men. While this cancer is common and serious, more than 2.9 million men in the United States count themselves as prostate cancer survivors. The earliest symptoms of the disease are often urinary, like difficulty urinating, frequent urination, painful urination or blood in the urine. Should you experience one of these early warning signs, it’s important to see your physician for an evaluation.
2. Testicular Lumps
While not as common as prostate cancer, testicular cancer is estimated to impact the lives of around 8,500 men in the United States alone this year. The disease has been on the rise, but luckily most testicular cancers can be found early. Most doctors agree that examining a man’s testicles should be part of a physical, however if you have increased risk factors for the disease, monthly self-exams will help in finding any subtle changes.
3. Sudden Weight Loss
Did you know, sudden weight loss may be related to pancreatic, stomach, lung or thyroid cancer? As a general rule of thumb, losing more than 10 pounds in a month without a special diet or exercise regimen, could be a sign of cancer. While weight fluctuation could be due to other reasons, any significant changes should be reported to your physician.
4. Unusual Fatigue
If you are an adventurer with a high level of daily activity and you start to notice an energy drop off, this could be a sign something is not quite right. Other symptoms to look for include loss of libido, lack of desire to socialize and constant grogginess. If you aren’t feeling quite like yourself, speak with your doctor.
5. Fever or Hot Flashes
A fever generally indicates that the body is fighting off an infection, which is why we experience fevers when we have a cold, virus or other type of bacterial infection. But fevers and night sweats can also be an early warning sign of leukemia or lymphoma, so they need to be taken seriously.
Should you experience any of the above warning signs, it’s important to speak with your primary care physician. Remember, early detection is the best prevention. You know your body, if something isn’t quite right it should not be ignored.
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