Remember back in the 1800s, tuberculosis had a huge outbreak all over the world and took so many lives. It wasn’t until 1882 when Dr. Koch finally discovered and revealed that the cause of it is a bacteria – the Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
Until now, more than 200 years later, people are still affected by the disease. On the positive note, it is now curable. Cancer is kind of similar to the case of tuberculosis in its earlier days in a sense that no one knows how it is acquired and can be cured.
Although, throughout the years of studies and experiments, experts were able to break down how you can envisage their risks of having cancer.
Here are 10 signs and symptoms of cancer you shouldn’t ignore.
1. Persistent Cough or Hoarseness
While a cough here and there is nothing to worry about, a consistent cacophony or a cough accompanied by blood is definitely cause for concern. “Most coughs are not cancer,” says Therese Bartholomew Bevers, M.D., professor of clinical cancer prevention and the medical director of the Cancer Prevention Center at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. “But certainly a persistent cough needs to be evaluated to see if it could be lung cancer.” Your physician should recommend a chest X-ray or CT scan to rule out cancer as a possibility.