Today’s biggest nightmare has become cancer and the fear of being diagnosed with it.
Cancer is, by far, one of the top killers of humans in the United States. But the good news is the mortality rates are decreasing for this disease, according to the American Cancer Society. The rate of diagnosis is decreasing, too, at a steady rate.
However, it is important to learn the symptoms of cancer, and whether it is running in your family or not, and that’s because there are plenty of cancers that are still getting misdiagnosed by doctors and professionals. In fact, they wouldn’t be aware of it until it is too late, which could lead to unwanted results.
There is nothing wrong with learning more things about your body and how it would react if a deadly disease occurred. At least, you wouldn’t be wasting time. Instead, you would be increasing your chances of beating it at its early stages.
#1 – Thyroid cancer
Located in front of the neck, the thyroid is responsible for sending hormones throughout your body to keep your systems running smoothly.
Doctors often misdiagnose thyroid cancer with Graves disease, Lyme disease, neck cancer, and other thyroid disorders. So in order to know if you have thyroid cancer, you should look out for symptoms that include trouble swallowing, trouble breathing, and swelling on both sides of the neck.
Neck cancer and Lyme disease, however, may include similar symptoms, which can delay the right diagnosis. So be careful, and make sure to ask for all the necessary tests.
#2 – Lymphoma
Lymphoma is groups of cancers that begin in the tissue and the organs that create and carry white blood cells (they help with infections). According to the CDC, lymphoma could cause constantly swollen lymph nodes, night sweats, unexplainable weight loss, or fever.
Sadly, doctors often misdiagnose it as a non-deadly disease that can be found in the gut. Indolent T-LPD is a disease that doesn’t lead to any death, but oddly enough, it still has the same symptoms as lymphoma. However, it doesn’t respond to the usual lymphoma treatments, and that’s how doctors would probably know.
#3 – Breast cancer
Breast cancer is one of the most “popular” types of cancer because it is incredibly common in women (men develop it, too). There are many warning signs that you need to pay attention to, and they include changes in the size or shape of the breast, abnormality of the nipple region, irritation of the breast cancer, or breast lumps.
This type of cancer gets mostly misdiagnosed as fibroids, cysts, fat necrosis, and fibrocystic breast disease.
Sadly, breast cancer is one of the most misdiagnosed types of cancer and the one that gets diagnosed a little too late. This is why you need to learn more about its symptoms, keep on checking your breasts, and never take any symptom for granted.
#4 – Melanoma
The most dangerous form of skin cancer is melanoma, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. It mostly happens when damaged skin cells don’t repair properly, so they rapidly form dangerous tumors.
Doctors often misdiagnose it as benign moles, which is one of the reasons why you need to keep an eye on any moles or abnormal skin growth.
Here are the symptoms you need to pay attention to as much as possible: swelling or redness that spreads outside the border of a spot, unhealed sores, pain, itchiness, bleeding from an existing mole, partial loss of sight or blurry vision.
There are still many other symptoms of melanoma, so always wear your sunscreen, don’t let the sun touch your skin for a long time, and always be aware of anything new appearing around your body.
#5 – Prostate cancer
Prostate cancer is widely spread among men in the United States, aside from skin cancer. So if you find yourself unable to urinate normally, or you experience burning and pain while urinating, blood included, then you are dealing with some symptoms that should never be ignored.
Doctors often misdiagnose it as bladder cancer, and it happened a fair amount of time in the past, so don’t take any symptom for granted.
The thing is prostate cancer can do many lesions in the bladder, which manipulates professionals to believe it is bladder cancer. You have to keep in mind that prostate cancer could be a possibility, and you may want to remind your doctor of that in order to do further testing.
#6 – Sarcoma
This is one of the rarest types of cancer and it grows in connective tissue. The tumors often grow in muscles, bones, cartilage, nerves, tendons, or fat. But since it is not that common, it can be easily misdiagnosed.
Professionals would most probably misdiagnose Sarcoma with benign lesions, especially if the doctor is not too familiar with tumors.
You should not alter your chances of survival and do your own homework about the symptoms you might be experiencing. Don’t settle for anything the doctor says easily unless all tests have been made and were analyzed greatly.
#7 – Lung cancer
Lung cancer is one of the biggest threats in the United States that occur to smokers and non-smokers. Everyone has to understand that the sooner the prognosis happens, the better the chances are to survive the disease.
Sadly, lung cancer is not as easy to diagnose as people would think, which is why it often gets misdiagnosed as lung abscesses, tuberculosis, and bronchial pneumonia.
Often, the lab techs make errors that alter the results, leading the patient to deal with different, unwanted consequences. The symptoms of lung cancer include shortness of breath, persistent cough, and wheezing. They may all look like bronchial pneumonia or lung abscess, but again, make sure all the necessary tests have been done.
#8 – Ovarian cancer
Not as prominent as breast cancer, but ovarian cancer have typically a much lower survival rate. When cancer starts forming in the ovaries, it will be common to experience pelvic pressure, vaginal bleeding, bloating, and pain while urinating or doing number 2.
The symptoms are pretty familiar to many other diseases, which can confuse the professionals. However, doing one simple blood test can tell you if you have the disease, but your doctor doesn’t like to jump into conclusions ahead of time, which is why they end up misdiagnosing it with urinary tract infection, irritable bowel syndrome, and endometriosis.
#9 – Colorectal cancer
Whether you are a man or a woman over the age of 50, you need to get screened for colorectal cancer. If this type of cancer is detected early, then you will have a high chance of survival. But because many people don’t address their symptoms early, they end up dealing with bad consequences, especially that colorectal cancer is known to be the deadliest.
The most common symptoms are stomach pains and bloody bowel movements. There are many other diseases that have the same symptoms, like ulcerative colitis and IBD, which is why this type of cancer gets overlooked, especially if the patient is still young.
#10 – Kidney cancer
Kidney cancer is not talked about very often, but sadly, there are over thousands of people dying from it annually. According to CDC, taking a lot of pain meds can eventually lead to it, and its most common symptoms are high blood pressure, lower back pain, lumps around the kidney area, and bloody urine.
The scary part is many patients have been misdiagnosed with tuberous sclerosis complex, so their doctors had to remove their kidneys when it was completely unnecessary. The other misdiagnoses are kidney infections and noncancerous kidney tumors due to the very similar symptoms.
So regardless of what your doctor says, always made them run further tests and labs to make sure you are in good hands and whatever you have will be treated right and at its right time!
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