7 early signs of GI cancer you should be aware of - Dr. Baiju Senadhipan 7 early signs of GI cancer you should be aware of - Dr. Baiju Senadhipan

7 early signs of GI cancer you should be aware of

June 27th, 2017   

 

GI Cancer symptoms can be very small and easy to miss. Recognizing these 7 signs early may save your life.
GI means Gastro Intestinal. This word is used to indicate our gastro intestinal organs starting from esophagus, stomach, intestines and ending with colon and rectum.

  • Trouble Swallowing
    When cancer is developing in esophagus, patients may feel difficulty swallowing. Please see your Doctor if you have been experiencing this difficulty.
  • Unexplained Loss of Appetite and/ or Weight
    When you don’t know why you have lost appetite and have been losing weight without trying, please have yourselves checked by a Doctor.
  • Blood in Stools
    Blood in stools may be indicating colorectal cancer. Don’t ignore this symptom and show to your Doctor.
  • Color of your Stools.
    If its blackish, don’t ignore. When bleeding is in the upper portion of GI tract such as esophagus, stomach or early part of small intestine called Duodenum, the blood may get mixed with digestive juices while traveling through intestines and ultimately produce black, tarry stools. It could be due to ulcers or tumors. You never know until your Doctor examines you. Hence don’t ignore.
  • Alternating episodes of constipation and loose-motion.
    Unexplained cycle of hard stools for a few days and lose motion for the next few days is a cause for concern. Pl report status to the Doctor.
  • Constant Cough
    If your cough is persistent for over 2 weeks, its painful and accompanies blood, see your Doctor. Many a times the cancers of esophagus, stomach, lungs and throat may accompany this symptom.
  • Wounds take long time to heal:
    If your wounds and cuts are taking long time to heal even when you aren’t diabetic may be a sign of cancer growing with in. This happens because you are immune system prioritizes to fight cancer first and keep pending its job of healing wounds.