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Seven warning signs of cancer

Today, over five million Americans have cancer. About 500,000 people will die of the disease in the next year - roughly 9,600 this week, 1,370 by the end of the day, 57 in the next hour, one in the next 63 seconds.

Experts say that three out of every four families will be affected by one form of cancer or another. It's the price people pay for living in a country that smokes, drinks, lies out in the sun, eats a lot of fatty foods and works with hazardous materials.

There is good news. The American Cancer Society estimates that 49 percent of those with cancer in all forms are still alive five years after the disease is found. And the odds for preventing the disease are even better. It's estimated that 66 percent of all cancers could be prevented.

Signs of cancer
Watch for any of the following seven warning signs of cancer:

  • Changes in bowel or bladder habits
  • A sore that does not heal
  • Unusual bleeding or discharge
  • Thickening or a lump in your breast or elsewhere in your body
  • Indigestion or difficulty in swallowing
  • Changes in a wart or mole
  • Nagging cough or hoarseness

If you have any of these warning signs, see your doctor right away.

The Baptist Health Louisville Cancer Resource Center offers a wealth of information on cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment. The Cancer Resource Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To reach the center, call (502) 896-3009 or fax (502) 896-3010. The Cancer Resource Center is a service of the Baptist Health Louisville Cancer Center.