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Attention men: Are you ignoring these three cancer symptoms?

by , 11 November 2013

Warning: There are three cancer symptoms that men ignore. Are you guilty of this cancer sin? Read on to discover what cancer signs you should NEVER ignore so you can reduce your cancer risk and seek treatment early.

Prostate cancer is the most common cause of death from cancer in men over age 75. But men are also at risk of other cancers. And what’s most unfortunate about these deaths is men are notorious foot-draggers, they often ignore warning signs and seek treatment very late when the cancer has spread.

It’s time to change this mindset.

In fact, experts say “men could benefit greatly by being alert to certain cancer symptoms that require a trip to the doctor’s office sooner rather than later.”

So what are the three cancer symptoms that men ignore?

WebMD outlines the three cancer symptoms that men ignore:

Cancer symptom #1: Breast mass

If you’re like most men, you’ve probably never considered the possibility of having breast cancer. Although it’s not common, it’s possible.
“Any new mass in the breast area of a man needs to be checked out by a physician,” says Dr Leonard Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer for the national office of the American Cancer Society.

In addition, the American Cancer Society identifies several other worrisome signs involving the breast that men as well as women should take note of. They include:
  • Skin dimpling or puckering
  • Nipple retraction
  • Redness or scaling of the nipple or breast skin
  • Nipple discharge

Cancer symptom #2: Changes in the testicles

Testicular cancer is the most common type of cancer in men between 18 and 35.The American Cancer Society recommends you get a testicular exam by your doctor as part of a routine cancer-related checkup. Some doctors also suggest a monthly self-exam.

In the WebMD report, Dr Evan Y. Yu says being aware of troublesome testicular symptoms between examinations is wise.

“Any change in the size of the testicles, such as growth or shrinkage should be a concern” says Yu.

He adds, “any swelling, lump, or feeling of heaviness in the scrotum should not be ignored. Some testicular cancers occur very quickly. So early detection is especially crucial. If you feel a hard lump of coal [in your testicle], get it checked right away.”

Cancer symptom #3: Fatigue

Fatigue is another vague symptom that could point to cancer in men. But many other problems could cause fatigue as well. Like fever, fatigue can set in after the cancer has grown. But according to the American Cancer Society, it may also happen early in cancers such as leukemia, colon cancer, or stomach cancer.

If you often feel extremely tired and you don’t get better with rest, check with your doctor. He should be able to evaluate the fatigue along with any other symptoms in order to determine its cause and the proper treatment.

The bottom line: If you’re a man make sure you heed these possible clues and find cancer early, when it’s more treatable.

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