As Parish Nurse, one of my roles is “information-sharing and encouragement for optimal health and well-being.” Therefore, you’ll hear from me in a Wednesday e-mail at least once a month. Furthermore, I’d like to hear from you about any health-related issues that you want me to address. Today’s topic is “Recognize the Warning Signs of Possible Cancer.”

To remember frequent, early warning signs of possible cancer, think of the word CAUTION:

Change in bowel or bladder habits
A sore that does not heal
Unusual bleeding or discharge
Thickening or lump in the breast, testicles, or elsewhere
Indigestion or difficulty swallowing
Obvious change in the size, color, shape, or thickness of a wart, mole, or mouth sore
• Nagging cough or hoarseness

Other changes in your body may also indicate the presence of some form of cancer. Read more here.
Isn’t this just common sense? Perhaps it is. However, sometimes our natural tendency to ignore the possible seriousness of a bodily change delays our seeking medical attention. IF there is cancer, a delay can increase the extent of treatment eventually required, even decrease the likelihood of complete cure.
CAUTION: If you notice any persistent, unexplained bodily changes, schedule an appointment with your primary health-care provider.

– Ann Yeo, R.N., M.S.N., Parish Nurse