• What was the first thing that you noticed as a symptom that made you think you had better get it checked?

    Asked by BugsBunny on Sunday, May 26, 2019

    What was the first thing that you noticed as a symptom that made you think you had better get it checked?

    I hear about people that had some symptoms that they ignored, didn't go to the doctor until it was too late and their cancer was advanced by that time. Catching it early is one of the best things a person can do for their odds.

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    • SandiA's Avatar

      My hands swelled up. I actually did go to the doctor. She told me to avoid canned soup. When I was diagnosed about 4 months later they asked if I had any issues with swelling. I was a little frustrated.

      5 months ago
    • Carool's Avatar

      I found a breast lump. Even though I was always a catastrophizer about bodily issues, THIS time I excused the lump by thinking it was somehow scar tissue (from what?). I did go to the radiologist I’d been going to. She took a mammogram and an ultrasound and couldn’t see anything bad, even though the lump was palpable, so she told me that I’m fine and I should come back in a year. Fortunately, her report was sent to my very alert gynecologist, who called me and said that if my lump were only a cyst it should’ve shown up on the ultrasound, and mine didn’t. She urged me to see another radiologist. I did, and, obviously, it turned out to be cancer. Stage 1.

      5 months ago
    • Bug's Avatar

      I did not have symptoms. It appeared on a routine MRI.

      5 months ago
    • Morwen's Avatar

      Woke up one morning and my breast itched a little. Noticed a lump. Called cancer care alliance and after 2 mammograms and ultrasound, did a biopsy and found TNBC.

      5 months ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar

      Like @Morwen, I woke up one Saturday morning, and my breast itched right at the top of it. I rubbed my hand across it, and found a lump. I had a biopsy a month later and was diagnosed with ER-, PR- and HER2+ cancer. I was so shocked when I felt the lump, because I had my annual mammogram in the middle of September, and I felt the lump the beginning of November. When I had my mastectomy, the tumor was 4cm. I am Stage IIIA.

      5 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      For my first diagnosis there was a lump in my neck that a doctor found when I went to them for an allergy problem. Just a fluke that I went. Second was another lump in my neck found by my oncologist at a monthly checkup after treatment was over for the first diagnosis. The third was another lymph node I found when I woke up one morning and felt a sore spot behind my ear.

      5 months ago
    • Created07's Avatar

      I was putting lotion on and felt a cadbury egg-sized lump behind each jaw bone. Called the next day...non-hodgkins lymphom

      5 months ago

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