Rare Cancers

When it comes to cancer, the best bet for a complete cure is early detection & precise treatment. However, ignorance & unavailability of proper information can make it extremely difficult to heed the warning signs.

Here’s a list of few lesser known cancers that you should know about:

  1. Thyroid Cancer
    The risk of developing this type of cancer is higher after the age of 30, and it’s far more aggressive in older patients. Still, thyroid cancer can occur in any age group. All the cases of thyroid cancer does not necessarily show any symptoms. In most cases, the first sign is a thyroid nodule.Some of the other symptoms include:

    • Hoarse voice
    • Neck pain
    • Enlarged lymph nodes
  2. Penile Cancer
    Penile cancer occurs in or on the penis (the male sexual organ). Different types of tissues in the penis contain several types of cells, & different types of penile cancers can develop from different cells. However, majority of penile cancers start in the skin cells.Some of the most common symptoms to look out for include:

    • Skin thickening or changes in the color of the penis
    • A lump or small crusty bumps
    • Smelly discharge under the foreskin
    • Swelling at the end of the penis
  3. Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumour (GIST)
    GIST refers to a Tumour (lump or abnormal growth in the body) that starts in the digestive system (Gastrointestinal Tract). Stromal implies that the tumour develops from tissues that support the connective tissues, controlling the movement of the GI tract. GIST generally affect people between 50 to 70 years of age, but can sometimes develop in kids as well.Some of the most common symptoms of advanced GIST are:

    • Pain or discomfort in abdomen
    • Blood in stool or vomit
    • Feeling very tired or sick
    • Low red blood cell count
  4. Sarcomas
    Cancers of the connective tissues, such as nerves, muscles & bones are called Sarcomas. These types of cancers can develop anywhere in the body and are often misdiagnosed for common injuries. Sarcoma can spread to other body parts very rapidly, which can make the cure very difficult.In the early stages of the disease, there may be no symptoms. As the disease progresses, following symptoms may occur:

    • Painless lump or swelling
    • As the tumour grows & pushes against the nerves & muscles, it can cause pain

Experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above may not always indicate that you have cancer. However, it is best to stay aware and consult your doctor in case you find any abnormalities. When it comes to your health, the best precaution is to listen to your body & act accordingly.


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