TheBoldAge looks at blood cancer symptoms everybody needs to know
By Lisa Salmon. Published 2021-02-01BOLD-Wellbeing
Despite being relatively common, blood cancer warning signs can be easy to miss
1. Back painMusculoskeletal pain in muscles, joints, tendons, bones or structures that support the limbs, neck or back.
2. Bruising or bleedingOne of the most common symptoms associated with blood cancer is bruising, and/or bleeding. The frequency and lasting impact of bruising can be a key warning sign of blood cancer, so it’s important to book an appointment with your GP if this develops.
3. FatigueUnexplained and persistent tiredness is one of the biggest telltale signs of blood cancer. People who have cancer-related fatigue find it incredibly challenging to complete simple tasks that we tend to take for granted.
4. Swollen lymph nodes/glandsThe lymph nodes are small lumps of tissue that contain white blood cells. When inflamed, they can be felt as lumps under the skin; most commonly in the neck, armpit or groin area.
5. HeadachesThere may be new headaches that feel different to headaches previously experienced. They’re likely to occur frequently and be severe and long-lasting. They also often appear alongside other physical symptoms associated with blood cancer.
6. Stomach discomfortPersistent abdominal discomfort, presenting as a sharp pain or a sense of feeling full.
7. Numbness in the hands or feetThis can be described as a feeling of pins and needles/numbness in the feet that moves up to the legs, or from fingers into the arms.
8. Heart palpitationsThis can feel like a fluttering, a sudden thump or a fast pounding sensation in the chest. It can also be felt in the neck or ear when lying down.
9. Loss of concentrationThere may be a prolonged or recurring inability to concentrate or focus, and people may describe this as feeling mentally drained or dizzy.
10. Sleep problemsBlood cancer patients may have continuous trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. This might result in a restless night’s sleep causing a feeling of extreme tiredness.
11. Itchy skinPersistent, irritable and itchy skin. This may be experienced all over the body, or in isolated spots. Again, this symptom often appears alongside other physical symptoms associated with blood cancer.
Get it checkedThese symptoms are very common and don’t automatically mean you have cancer. But if you notice any unusual or ongoing changes, it’s always best to see your doctor and get checked out sooner rather than later.
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