02 Feb Cancer symptoms: Signs of tumour include flu cough, sore throat and diarrhoea
Cancer is a deadly disease that’s caused by specific cells in the body reproducing uncontrollably, according to the NHS. These cancerous cells can destroy the healthy tissue surrounding them – including vital organs. More than a third of all people will develop cancer at some point in their lifetime. You could be at risk of cancer if you have these common flu symptoms.
Certain flu symptoms could actually be caused by cancer. For example, having a runny nose could actually be a sign of nasal cavity and sinus cancer.
The cancer affects the air-filled sacs that are distributed around several parts of the face – the paranasal sinuses.
Early signs of nasal cavity and sinus cancer can be easily mistaken for other non-cancerous conditions, warned Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
“Early cancer symptoms that mimic common conditions of the sinuses include a nose bleed from one nostril, a blockage of a nostril, and a runny nose on one side,” it said.
“Symptoms that can indicate an advanced cancer tumour are a persistent headache, and changes in vision or double vision.”
Meanwhile, a sore throat could also be caused by a deadly tumour.
Having a persistent sore throat could be caused by laryngeal cancer, said the NHS.
The cancer affects the larynx – part of the throat that leads to the windpipe.
“The main symptoms of laryngeal cancer include a persistent sore throat, difficulty swallowing, and a swelling in your neck.
“Some people may also experience bad breath, breathlessness, a high-pitched wheezing noise when breathing, unexplained weight loss, or fatigue [extreme tiredness].”
A simple cough could also be a sign of a deadly cancer, added the NHS.
While everyone gets a cough every now and again, a long-lasting cough could be caused by lung cancer.
“A cough that has lasted three weeks or more can also be a sign of lung cancer, which is why it’s so important to see your doctor.
“Early detection makes it easier to treat. Seeing your doctor could save your life.”
You should also never ignore diarrhoea that won’t go away, it added.
Having looser stools than normal – that lasts longer than three weeks – could also be caused by bowel cancer.
Speak to a doctor if you find yourself passing more stools than normal, or if you develop a stomach ache while emptying your bowels.