What is the most ominous sign of cancer that requires treatment immediately? Bleeding in the urine, stool and phlegm are signs of many different kinds of cancer

Every form of cancer has its own warning signs and symptoms, but there is a common denominator that is shared by most: bleeding.  Whether the cancer originates in the lungs, colon, bladder or kidney, bleeding is the most common warning sign that cancer exists.

Bleeding can be a warning sign of cancer

Let's take a few examples: The most ominous warning sign of lung cancer is hemoptysis, or coughing up blood.  There are other warning signs of lung cancer, such as enlarged lymph nodes in the armpits (axilla) and abnormal breathing sounds, but coughing up blood is the strongest clue that a patient may have lung cancer.  Coughing up blood is presumed to be caused by lung cancer until proven otherwise for persons with a history of smoking.

Rectal bleeding is the most ominous warning sign of colo-rectal cancer (the second most deadly form of cancer).  Rectal bleeding, especially for those 50 years of age and older, is presumed to be a sign of colo-rectal cancer until proven otherwise.

Blood in the urine (hematuria) is the most ominous sign of bladder and kidney cancer.  Bleeding can be visible to the naked eye, known as gross hematuria, or it may be visible only under a microscope, to wit, microscopic hematuria.  In either case for persons 50 years of age and older, blood in the urine should be presumed to be caused by bladder or kidney cancer until proven otherwise.  Cystoscopy is the gold standard for checking the inside of the bladder for a tumor.

The cause of bleeding should be investigated especially for those at risk for cancer

Bleeding is a common warning sign of the human body for the most lethal forms of cancer.  Doctors and patients who downplay bleeding, regardless of the source of the bleeding, do so at great risk.  Blood in the urine, stool or phlegm, can be a sign of the most lethal forms of cancer and should never be disregarded.

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