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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Why These 7 Cancers Often Don't Get Detected Until It Is Too Late

Common cancers such as colon cancer, pancreatic cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, and prostate cancer are all curable, but only if they are caught in one of the first two stages. In fact, most cancers are curable if caught early, but there are some cancers that are considered deadly because their symptoms do not appear until it is too late, which often means stage 3 and 4.

7 cancers that often do not get detected early

#1 Pancreatic cancer - although pancreatic cancer represents just 2 percent of all cancers, it is the third most common cancer killer because there are no symptoms like pain that would indicate something is wrong. Patients usually do not notice until they develop jaundice where the skin and eyes turn yellow.

#2 Kidney cancer - this cancer starts out with small kidney tumors that can't be seen or felt. Most patients don't get tested unless they are considered high risk. Lower back pain, chronic fatigue, unexplained weight loss, and blood in the urine are often symptoms that develop when the disease has advanced. About 30 percent of kidney cancer patients are in advanced stages of cancer when diagnosed.

#3 Lung cancer - about 75 percent of lung cancers are diagnosed after they have already spread. Early-stage lung cancer often has no symptoms and is not detected with a chest X-ray. Late stage symptoms include cough, pneumonia, and shortness of breath.

#4 Sarcoma - this cancer is tumors of body tissues, such as fat, muscle, deep skin tissues, bone or cartilage. It is more common in children, and there are no symptoms until the tumors become large.

#5 Cervical cancer - this cancer represents just 3 percent of all cancers among women, yet it produces more deaths than any other reproductive organ cancer among women. Only about 20 percent of ovarian cancers are found at an early stage.

#6 Brain cancer - tumors of the brain are generally not diagnosed until the later stages when symptoms appear, such as weakness in the arms and legs, trouble with motor skills, and speech. There is no cancer screening available for brain cancer.

#7 Liver cancer - cancer cells in the liver are small and undetectable until they grow larger. By this time, the cancer has damaged most of the liver, making surgery useless.

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