London: Are you coughing up blood or havingdifficulty while swallowing? Go for a medical check-up, asscientists say they could be among the eight symptoms mostclosely linked to cancer. Researchers at the Keele University in UK also suggestedthe age at which patients should be most concerned by thesymptoms, which include blood in urine and anaemia. The other symptoms they highlighted included rectal blood,coughing up blood, breast lump or mass, difficulty swallowing,post-menopause bleeding and abnormal prostate tests, the BBCreported. The scientists, who examined 25 previous studies for theirresearch, found that the symptoms gave a one in 20 or higherchance of turning out to be cancer. Although this still represents a relatively low chance ofanyone with the symptom having the disease, they said that anysuspicion of cancer can mean that the patient is sent fortests more quickly, in order to catch the disease as early aspossible. The scientists also found that if the patient was belowthe age of 55, there were only two signs which reached the`one-in-20` threshold -- a rectal prostate examination whichgave abnormal results and a breast lump.
"So if you notice an unusual or persistent change inyour body it`s important to get it checked out. When cancer isdiagnosed at an early stage, treatment is often more likely tobe successful." PTI
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