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Men, heed these possible clues and find cancer early, when it's more treatable. By Kathleen Doheny, WebMD Feature, Reviewed by aura !. Martin, MD
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. Leonard Lichtenfeld, !, is deputy chief medical officer for the national office of the "merican #ancer $ociety. "ccording to Lichtenfeld, men often need to be pushed by women to get screened for cancer. %hat’s unfortunate. &outine preventive care can find cancer and other diseases in their early stages. 'hen cancer is found early, there are more options for treatment. %hat means there are also better chances for a cure. $ome cancer symptoms in men are specific. %hey involve certain body parts and may point directly to the possibility of cancer. (ther symptoms are vague. )or instance, pain that affects many body parts could have many explanations. *t may or may not be a sign of cancer. But you can+t rule cancer out without seeing a doctor.
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Cancer Symptom in Men !o" 1# $reast Mass
*f you’re li,e most men, you’ve probably never considered the possibility of having breast cancer. "lthough it’s not common, it is possible. -"ny new mass in the breast area of a man needs to be chec,ed out by a physician,- Lichtenfeld says. *n addition, the "merican #ancer $ociety identifies several other worrisome signs involving the breast that men as well as women should ta,e note of. %hey include.
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$,in dimpling or puc,ering /ipple retraction &edness or scaling of the nipple or breast s,in /ipple discharge
'hen you consult your physician about any of these signs, expect him to ta,e a careful history and do a physical exam. %hen, depending on the findings, the doctor may order a mammogram, a biopsy, or other tests.
Cancer Symptom in Men !o" %# &ain
"s they age, people often complain of increasing aches and pains. But pain, as vague as it may be, can be an early symptom of some cancers. ost pain complaints, though, are not from cancer. "ny pain that persists, according to the "merican #ancer $ociety, should be chec,ed out by your physician. %he doctor should ta,e a careful history, get more details, and then decide whether further testing is necessary. *f it+s not cancer, you will still benefit from the visit to the office. %hat’s because the doctor can wor, with you to find out what+s causing the pain and determine the proper treatment.
$he is also a <oint associate member of the )red 6utchinson #ancer &esearch #enter in $eattle. might also be a sign of pneumonia or some other illness or infection that needs treatment.or anywhere else -. -"ny change in the si7e of the testicles. Cancer Symptom in Men !o" 5# +e.ly. get it chec..ed right away. )ever. lump. " biopsy may require the removal of the entire testicle. Cancer Symptom in Men !o" '# Changes in the Testic es continue(""" Evan 4.er *f you+ve got an unexplained fever. 4our doctor should do a testicular exam and an overall assessment of your health.emia. such as growth or shrin. Linden is a medical oncologist and an associate professor of medicine at the 5niversity of 'ashington $chool of edicine. $o early detection is especially crucial. see a doctor.age.4u says. Cancer Symptom in Men !o" )# Changes in the *ymph !o(es *f you notice a lump or swelling in the lymph nodes under your armpit or in your nec. is assistant professor of medicine at the 5niversity of 'ashington and assistant member of the )red 6utchinson #ancer &esearch #enter in $eattle. 4u tells 'eb ! that being aware of troublesome testicular symptoms between examinations is wise. and it+s been longer than a month. 4ou may also undergo an ultrasound examination of your scrotum.. says 6annah Linden. though. 8should be a concern. *f there is no infection.. with your doctor to find out what might be causing the fever and to determine its proper treatment. -*f you feel a hard lump of coal :in your testicle. !. $ome doctors also suggest a monthly self-exam. a doctor will typically order a biopsy. 4u . 4our doctor should examine you and determine any associated issues that could explain the lymph node enlargement. ost cancers will cause fever at some point. fever occurs after the cancer has spread from its original site and invaded another part of the body. any swelling. )ever can also be caused by blood cancers such as lymphoma or leu. *t’s best not to ignore a fever that can’t be explained. according to the "merican #ancer $ociety. blood tests may be ordered.it could be a reason for concern. !. and your doctor may decide to do a biopsy. it may indicate cancer. . -*f you have a lymph node that gets progressively larger. %he "merican #ancer $ociety recommends that men get a testicular exam by a doctor as part of a routine cancer-related chec.9 *n addition. -. *f cancer is suspected. such as infection.Cancer Symptom in Men !o" '# Changes in the Testic es %esticular cancer occurs most often in men aged 01 to 23.4u says.she says.up. #hec. (ften. $ome testicular cancers occur very quic. or feeling of heaviness in the scrotum should not be ignored.
Cancer Symptom in Men !o" 3# &ersistent Cough #oughs are expected. Li.often gray -.ing about more than simply a few pounds from a stepped up exercise program or to eating less because of a busy schedule. But many other problems could cause fatigue as well. Lichtenfeld says.e fever.emia.Cancer Symptom in Men !o" -# Weight *oss Without Trying 5nexpected weight loss is a concern.a dar. *f a man loses more than =1> of his body weight in a time period of 2 to ? months. listen to your lungs. . and allergies.. But a very prolonged cough -. chec. !. of course. Cancer Symptom in Men !o" . %hey could be a symptom of cancer. he says. colon cancer. examine your throat.s -. as. if you are a smo. and. order C-rays. *f you often feel extremely tired and you don’t get better with rest. with colds. or they could indicate some other problem such as chronic bronchitis or acid reflux. %hose cough patterns warrant a visit to the doctor. Experts have found a lin. with your doctor. *tching over the whole body may also occur. Based on that information. the doctor will decide what other tests are needed. .e a careful history.er.up. 4our doctor should ta.6e+s tal. it’s time to see the doctor. with you to determine a treatment plan.9 says Lichtenfeld. Cancer Symptom in Men !o" 2# +atigue )atigue is another vague symptom that could point to cancer in men. or stomach cancer.#. determine their function with a spirometry test. %he doctor should order tests such as an ultrasound. as well as other laboratory tests. says &anit ishori. (ther symptoms of pancreas cancer may include <aundice. you questions about your diet and exercise.ship at Beorgetown 5niversity $chool of edicine in 'ashington. and as.# /na0ing 1b(omina &ain an( Depression 8"ny man @or womanA who+s got a pain in the abdomen and is feeling depressed needs a chec. %hey are also sometimes a side effect of a medication. the doctor will wor. a change in stool color -. assistant professor and director of the family medicine cler. the flu.ost of us don+t lose weight easily. Expect your doctor to do a careful physical exam and ta. between depression and pancreatic cancer. %he doctor should evaluate the fatigue along with any other symptoms in order to determine its cause and the proper treatment.defined as lasting more than three or four wee. about other symptoms. 4our doctor should do a general physical exam.or a change in a cough should not be ignored. !.ening of the urine. (nce the reason for the coughing is identified. But according to the "merican #ancer $ociety. it may also happen early in cancers such as leu. fatigue can set in after the cancer has grown. a #% scan or both.e a history.
4our doctor should as. *t+s difficult to say how long is too long to observe s. %hose changes may indicate leu. %he doctor may also send you to a specialist for an upper B* endoscopy to examine your esophagus and upper B* tract.but also changes in s. examine the changes. %o find out what’s causing the s.in pigmentation. %his condition can progress to oral cancer.a well-. Let your doctor . have blood in the bowel or in the urine. more soup.9 Lichtenfeld says.in or excessive scaling are reasons to chec.. it’s time for a doctor visit.now if you are having trouble swallowing. %hey start to drin.he says. a pre-cancerous area that can occur with ongoing irritation. your doctor should ta.opla. may be a sign of a B* cancer. 4ou should report the changes to your doctor or dentist. !aly also says that suddenly developing bleeding on your s. you questions about your symptoms. %he doctor may also order a biopsy to rule out cancer. %he doctor may also order tests such as a colonoscopy. %he dentist or doctor should ta.Cancer Symptom in Men !o" 14# Di55icu ty S0a o0ing $ome men may report trouble swallowing but then ignore it.9 ishori says it’s a mista..e a careful history and possibly order a chest C-ray and a barium swallow. . 4our doctor should ta.e a careful history and perform a careful physical exam. and then decide what other tests might be needed. they change their diet to a more liquid diet. Cancer Symptom in Men !o" 11# Changes in the Skin 4ou should be alert to not only changes in moles -. %his is an examination of the colon using a long flexible tube with a camera on one end.in changes. -*t could be colon cancer.e a careful history. Cancer Symptom in Men !o" 1'# Mouth Changes *f you smo.ia. Lichtenfeld says. with your doctor. see a doctor.But swallowing difficulties.in changes. !aly is an oncologist and head of the department of clinical genetics at the )ox #hase #ancer #enter in Dhiladelphia.nown sign of potential s. says ary !aly.in cancer -. such as cancer of the esophagus. you need to be especially alert for any white patches inside your mouth or white spots on your tongue. spitting up blood. but most experts say not to wait longer than several wee. -(ver time.e or chew tobacco. Cancer Symptom in Men !o" 1%# $ oo( Where It Shou (n6t $e 8"nytime you see blood coming from a body part where you+ve never seen it before. !.e to assume blood in the stool is simply from a hemorrhoid. %he purpose of a colonoscopy is to identify any signs of cancer or precancer or identify any other causes of the bleeding.s. he says. -*f you start coughing up blood.
e a careful history and as. thin. says 4u. Cancer Symptom in Men !o" 15# In(igestion any men. But persistent indigestion may point to cancer of the esophagus. 4our doctor may discuss doing a blood test to chec. medical attention. -heart attac. Drostate cancer may be present even with a normal D$" level.. urinary problems become more frequent.ening of the urine stream -Every man will develop these problems as he gets older. your doctor may refer you to a urologist and perhaps order a biopsy. or stomach. • • • • • • %he urge to urinate more often.when they get bad indigestion. and the test is used to help determine the possibility of prostate cancer. throat. you should see. 4our doctor should ta.Cancer Symptom in Men !o" 1)# 7rinary &rob ems "s men age. *t’s most often caused by a noncancerous condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia or BD6.ing when laughing or coughing " wea.. 4our doctor should do a digital rectal exam.. .%hat+s especially true if the symptoms get worse.4u says. -But once you notice these symptoms. *f the doctor notices abnormalities in the prostate or if the D$" is higher than it should be. %hose problems include the following. especially as they get older. the doctor will decide what tests are needed.especially at night " sense of urgency " feeling of not completely emptying the bladder "n inability to start the urine stream 5rine lea. questions about the indigestion episodes. the level of prostate-specific antigen or D$". which will tell him whether the prostate gland is enlarged or has nodules on it. Based on the history and your answers to the questions. Dersistent or worsening indigestion should be reported to your doctor. %he prostate gland often enlarges as a man ages. D$" is a protein produced by the prostate gland.
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