Men, heed these possible clues and find cancer early, when it's more treatable.
Experts say that men could benefit greatly by being alert to certain cancer symptoms that require a trip to the doctor’s office sooner rather than later. But when it comes to scheduling doctor visits, men are notorious foot-draggers. In fact, some men, would never go to the doctor if it weren't for the women in their life.
Leonard Lichtenfeld, MD, is deputy chief medical officer for the national office of the American Cancer Society. According to Lichtenfeld, men often need to be pushed by women to get screened for cancer. That’s unfortunate. Routine preventive care can find cancer and other diseases in their early stages. When cancer is found early, there are more options for treatment. That means there are also better chances for a cure.
Some cancer symptoms in men are specific. They involve certain body parts and may point directly to the possibility of cancer. Other symptoms, though, are vague. For instance, pain that affects many body parts could have many explanations. It may or may not be a sign of cancer. But you can't rule cancer out without seeing a doctor.
Cancer Symptom in Men No. 1: Breast Mass
- Skin dimpling or puckering
- Nipple retraction
- Redness or scaling of the nipple or breast skin
- Nipple discharge
Cancer Symptom in Men No. 2: Pain
Cancer Symptom in Men No. 3: Changes in the Testicles
Cancer Symptom in Men No. 4: Changes in the Lymph Nodes
Cancer Symptom in Men No. 5: Fever
Cancer Symptom in Men No. 6: Weight Loss Without Trying
Cancer Symptom in Men No. 7: Gnawing Abdominal Pain and Depression
Cancer Symptom in Men No. 8: Fatigue
Cancer Symptom in Men No. 9: Persistent Cough
Cancer Symptom in Men No. 10: Difficulty Swallowing
Cancer Symptom in Men No. 11: Changes in the Skin
Cancer Symptom in Men No. 12: Blood Where It Shouldn't Be
Cancer Symptom in Men No. 13: Mouth Changes
Cancer Symptom in Men No. 14: Urinary Problems
- The urge to urinate more often,especially at night
- A sense of urgency
- A feeling of not completely emptying the bladder
- An inability to start the urine stream
- Urine leaking when laughing or coughing
- A weakening of the urine stream