Different conditions may present themselves in various ways and the earlier the condition is recognized, the better the chance of cure.
Symptoms may include blood or mucus in the faeces; changes in bowel habits (diarrhoea, constipation or both), anything abnormal or that lasts for more than two weeks; the feeling of needing to go to the toilet even if the bowels have just been emptied; pain or discomfort in the abdominal area; a lump in the abdomen; extreme tiredness, which might be due to bleeding. These symptoms may well be present for other reasons, the most common cause of bleeding being haemorrhoids, for example. However, it is important that anyone experiencing these symptoms should see their doctor (Cancer Research UK web site, 2002).
It is important that women know what is normal for them personally and be aware of the following signs: lumps or thickening in the breast or armpit area; changes in the skin in these areas, for example dimpling, redness or puckering; changes in the nipple, for example a change in the direction or an unusual discharge, and also changes around the nipple, for example an unusual rash or sore area; changes to the shape and size of the breast and unusual pain or discomfort, although pain unaccompanied by any other symptoms is unlikely to be due to cancer. These symptoms may be explained by other causes but should still be reported to the doctor (Cancer Research UK web site, 2002).
Symptoms for this disease may not be experienced in the early stages of development and when symptoms do occur they are usually a result of the cancer growing and causing pressure or pain. For example: a persistent cough; wheezing and shortness of breath; blood in the phlegm; recurrent chest infections; chest, shoulder or back pain not related to coughing; a husky voice; unexplained weight loss; fatigue; loss of appetite; unsteady walking; occasional memory lapses; bone fractures not due to an injury (Cancer Research UK web site, 2002).
Small basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are fairly straightforward to treat and can usually be surgically removed under local anaesthetic. Any pigmented lesion or mole that changes in appearance should be viewed as suspicious and medical attention should be sought. Signs can include a mole that is getting bigger; a change in the shape of the mole, particularly an irregular edge; a mole that is itching, bleeding or has become inflamed or crusty; a change in colour, especially multi-shaded (research has shown that moles with three or more shades of brown or black are particularly likely to be a melanoma) (Cancer Research UK web site,2002).
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