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4 common body pains that could indicate cancer

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4 common body pains that could indicate cancer

Do you have a nagging backache that never seems to go away?

Flu-like symptoms? A pain in your arm? Unexplained bloating? Any of these body pains could be the warning signs of cancer.

With that being said, here’s what you need to watch out for that could save your life.

1. Back Pain Could Mean Pancreatic Cancer

Millions of people experience back pain, which is most often muscle-related. Yet, if you have persistent pain that is not helped by anti-inflammatory meds, and/or is accompanied by yellowing skin or pale stools, see your doctor to rule out pancreatic cancer. Lastly, pain caused by pancreatic cancer can be temporarily relieved by bending over, as opposed to typical back pain caused by sore muscles that persist in that position.

2. Flu-like Symptoms Could Mean Lymphoma

Over 75,000 new cases of lymphoma — one of the deadliest cancers found in young woman — will be diagnosed this year. Lymphoma is cancer of the lymph nodes, which are located in your armpits, neck, and groin. This cancer attacks white blood cells, an important part of your immune system. Signs of lymphoma can be similar to the flu and include unexplained weight loss, night sweats or fevers above 101.5. Other symptoms include lumps in your throat, nosebleeds or bloody gums. If symptoms persist for more than a week or two, see your doctor.

3. Arm Pain Could Mean Lung Cancer

This type of non-respiratory pain can occur on the inside of the arm and worsens over time. As the cancer invades locally, it blocks blood vessels and causes local irritation. You can get pain in the shoulders and neck area radiating all the way down the inside part of your arm. As opposed to sore muscles, this pain is similar to arthritis or a pinched nerve and is constant; it does not diminish by sitting, standing or putting your arm in different positions.

4. Bloating Could Mean Colon Cancer

Bloating related to colon cancer is caused when the tumor blocks the colon, preventing gases and feces from moving through. Other symptoms related to colon cancer include bloody stools, a change in the shape of your stool, and the feeling you urgently have to urinate.

Starting at age 50, you need to have a colonoscopy every 10 years. If you have a parent or sibling with a history of colon cancer, start getting your colonoscopy 10 years before they were diagnosed.

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