The big C is something that we all should worry about. As a student I explored, to excess, alcohol, drugs and sex without a thought as to what it would do to my health. In my third year one of my flatmates was diagnosed with lung cancer and she was the same age as me. She had been smoking since starting university and did it as she was independent and enjoyed the sensation. However, the symptoms were not obvious to her until very late, and it took a long bout of chemotherapy to get rid of the cancerous cells in her body.
University can make you feel amazing, independent and strong, but you must be aware of the signs of cancer as it is not age, gender or race specific.
An unusual lump or swelling anywhere on your body
Most guys will be very familiar with their testicles. In fact, men spend a lot of time playing with their privates daily and throughout the night, so you should be very aware if something changes down there. Check your neck, armpit, abdomen, groin or chest area regularly (the shower is the best time). If you notice a lump that doesn’t go away it is best to see a doctor or ask someone you trust to check it out. Don’t be shy if the lump is on a sexual organ.. We all have them!
A change in size, shape or colour of a mole
Everyone will have a few moles on their body. The best advice we can give to you is not irritate them, scratch them or get them to the point of oozing bodily fluids. If this does happen then ask a friend you trust to check it out (it may be in a strange pale) and then consult doctor if the problem persists.
A sore that won’t heal after several weeks
Our skin repairs itself very quickly, and any damage usually heals within a week or so. When a spot, wart or sore doesn’t heal and lasts for several weeks, it needs checking out and could need treatment. Even if it is painless, you should see your doctor.
A mouth or tongue ulcer that lasts longer than three weeks
Mouth Ulcers happen to everyone and can be a painful time. The mouth is an extraordinary place and can heal almost any cut (thanks to the power of saliva), but if an ulcer doesn’t go away then it’s best to check into a dentist or doctor.
A cough or croaky voice that lasts longer than three weeks
This could generally be the symptoms of a cold, but if you are a smoker this could be the onset of lung or throat cancer. Team this up with the coughing up of blood and it can become a serious affair.