Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S.–heart disease is the number one killer, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Each year in the United States, more than 1.6 million people are diagnosed with cancer, and nearly 600,000 die from it.

"Fever, night sweats, weight loss could be a sign of lymphoma. Unexplained thromboembolism and iron deficiency in geriatric patients could be an issue related to GI or GYN Unexplained Hematuria (blood in urine) can be a Genitourinary issue, which pertains to the genital and urinary systems.

Signs of Cancer

Dr. Natasha Fuksina, MD Board certified in internal and obesity medicine, with functional medicine approach states, "When cancer spreads and metastases grow, cancer cells demand more energy for their metabolism than normal cells, therefore, a person burns more calories and loses weightthe burden of cancer cells may cause nausea and decreased appetite causing less food intake and aggravating weight loss.

Unexplained WeightLoss

According to Dr. Fuksina, "Depression can accompany any cancer diagnosis. Fear for survival, side effects of chemotherapy, adjustments to daily activities all play a role in development of depression whether someone is just diagnosed or is already being treated for cancer. Cancers with worse prognosis, such as pancreatic or ovarian cancers cause more depressive symptoms.

Depression

"Cough can be caused by many conditions and diseases: from simple bronchitis and asthma to covid, tuberculosis, and lung cancer," Dr. Fuksina explains. "Cough that is persistent beyond four weeks, especially in smokers and when accompanied by fevers, malaise, and weight loss, is a cause for concern – lung cancer must be suspected.

Cough

Dr. Fuksina states, "No blood belongs in one's poop ever! While benign causes such as bleeding hemorrhoids can be the explanation, no amount of blood in the stool should be dismissed as it can be a sign of colon or rectal cancer. Most colon cancers arise from polyps in the intestinal wall which may undergo cancerous transformation and cause bleeding.

Blood in Stool

"The best way to prevent cancer is by going for screenings, such as mammograms, GI endoscopy, and PAP smears," Dr. Skaradinskiy says

How to Help Prevent Cancer

Dr. Skaradinskiy reminds us that, "Certain lifestyle choices increase risks of cancer, consider smoking cessation, weight loss, change of eating habits, choice of food/schedule of eating, and exercises. These are options associated with reducing your risk."

Lifestyle Choices that Increase the Risk of Cancer

"The best thing any of us can do to try to prevent cancer or other illnesses is to try to pursue a healthy lifestyle. This includes eating as much fresh food as possible, including fresh fruits and vegetables, and trying to keep processed foods to a minimum. Pursuing a normal weight is important to reduce risks for many diseases including cancer, diabetes and heart disease.