Red flag symptom of common cancer that most people can only spot after eating

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Cancer Research has provided a list of 23 common and easily missed symptoms that could suggest someone has cancer and should consult their doctor if they notice them

Cancer is a disease that will affect one in two people in the UK – with 1,000 individuals diagnosed daily.

Regrettably, only half of those diagnosed with cancer live for 10 years or more post-diagnosis, which is why early detection is crucial. This is why health experts constantly urge us to be aware and listen to our bodies for signs and symptoms of cancer that could easily be overlooked or mistaken for something else. Early diagnosis and treatment offer the best chance of survival.

Cancer Research has provided a list of 23 common and easily missed symptoms that could suggest someone has cancer and should consult their doctor. The NHS states that one in two people will develop cancer in their lifetime. In the UK, the four most common types are breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, and bowel cancer, reports Yorkshire Live.

However, it’s not just smokers and red meat eaters who are at risk (although both have been shown to increase your risk), as various types of cancer can develop in otherwise healthy individuals. And there’s one type of symptom you can only spot after eating: persistent heartburn or indigestion. Heartburn feels like an acidic reflux sensation in your chest/stomach or throat after eating.

Doctors from John Hopkins Medicine have explained that heartburn, if it happens too often, can lead to a condition known as Barrett’s oesophagus. This is when our body tries to mend some damage by swapping the lining of our food pipe with tissue like that in our small intestine. Even though Barrett’s oesophagus isn’t harmful itself, it does make it more likely for us to get a type of cancer in our food pipe, called oesophageal cancer. Not everyone with this condition will get cancer, but a few might, and the disease can spread to the lymph nodes.

If you’ve been having acid reflux or heartburn for a long time, it’s very important to visit your doctor right away. Cancer Research UK has also made a list of 23 common signs of cancer that we should be alert about. The NHS has emphasised how vital it is for us to notice any new symptoms that worry us. They said: “It’s important to be aware of any new or worrying symptoms.

“Although it’s unlikely to be cancer, it’s important to speak to a GP so they can investigate. Finding cancer early means it’s easier to treat. If your GP suspects cancer, they’ll refer you to a specialist usually within 2 weeks.” Cancer Research UK added: “There are over 200 different types of cancer that can cause many different signs and symptoms. Sometimes symptoms affect specific areas of the body, such as our tummy or skin. But signs can also be more general, and include weight loss, tiredness (fatigue) or unexplained pain.

“It’s important to be aware of what is normal for you and speak to your doctor if you notice any unusual changes or something that won’t go away. This can help to diagnose cancer at an early stage, when treatment is more likely to be successful.”

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