When it comes to aches, pains, and other health problems, just because something seems minor doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take it seriously. In fact, research finds that even common ailments can actually be the first warning signs of cancer. In a survey of 1,729 adults over the age of 50 in the UK published in PLOS ONE, respondents evaluated how serious they perceived a list of 17 ailments—10 of which were actually markers of cancer. They also indicated whether they’d experienced any of these symptoms recently and, if so, how they actually handled it.
Turns out, many people aren’t paying as much attention to warning signs as they could be, says study author Katriina Whitaker, a senior research fellow at University College London. “Some people don’t think they [the symptoms] are serious, and cancer does not leap to mind.”
While for the vast majority, “these warning signs will not indicate cancer,” Whitaker says, “for a few, they might, and so going to the doctor sooner could save your life. If you have at least one of these symptoms and it hasn’t gone away, go to your primary care physician for advice,” Whitaker says. Here are 10 symptoms to take seriously.
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