|What is Tumor?
Tumor also called as neoplasm which is an abnormal mass of tissue which may be solid or fluid-filled. There are three categories of tumor that are benign (not cancerous) or malignant (cancerous) or pre-malignant (pre-cancerous). There are many different types of tumors and a variety of names for them. Usually the name of the tumor is depending on their shape and the kind of tissue that appear in. Simply the meaning of tumor is a kind of lump or swelling. Examples types of tumor are brain tumor, stomach tumor, cervical tumor and nasopharynx tumor.
|What are symptoms of tumor?
Fever is very common with tumor, but it more often happens after tumor has spread from where it started. Almost all patients with tumor will have fever at some time, especially if the tumor or its treatment affects the immune system.
Fatigue is extreme tiredness that does not get better with rest. It may be important symptom as tumor growth. Some colon or stomach tumor can cause blood loss that not obvious.
Pain may be early symptom with some tumor like bone tumors or testicular tumor. A headache that does not go away or get better with treatment may be a symptom of a brain tumor. Back pain can be a symptom of tumor of the colon, rectum, or ovary.
- Skin changes
Tumor of the skin, some other tumor can cause skin changes that can be seen. The skin can be darker looking skin, yellowish skin and eyes, reddened skin, itching and excessive hair growth.
- Change in bowel habits or bladder function
Long-term constipation, diarrhea, or a change in the size of the stool may be a sign of colon tumor. Pain when passing urine, blood in the urine, or a change in bladder function could be related to bladder or prostate tumor.
- Sores that do not heal
Skin tumor may bleed and look like sores that don’t heal. A long-lasting sore in the mouth could be an oral tumor. This should be deal with right away, especially in people who smoke, chew tobacco, or often drink alcohol. Sores on the penis and or vagina may either be sign of infection or an early symptom, and should be seen by a doctor.
- White patches inside the mouth or white spots on the tongue
White patches inside the mouth and white spots on the tongue may be leukoplakia. This is the pre-cancerous are that caused by frequent irritation. It usually caused by smoking or other tobacco use. People who smoke pipes or use oral or split tobacco are at high risk for leokoplakia. Leokoplakia become mouth tumor if not treat.
- Unusual bleeding or discharge
Unusual bleeding can occur in early or advanced tumor. Coughing up blood in the sputum may be sign of lung tumor. Blood in the stool could be a sign of colon or rectal tumor.
- Lump in the breast or other parts of the body
Many tumors can be felt through the skin. These tumors occur mostly in the breast, testicle, lymph nodes (glands), and the soft tissues of the body.
- Indigestion or trouble swallowing
Indigestion or swallowing problems that don’t go away may be signs of tumor of the esophagus, stomach or pharynx (throat).
- Recent change in a wart or mole or any new skin change
Any wart, mole or freckle that changes color, size, or shape, pr that loses its sharp border should be seen by a doctor right away.
- Nagging cough or hoarseness
One of the symptoms of lung tumor is coughing that does not go away. Hoarseness can be sign of tumor of the voice box or thyroid gland.