Finding cancer early can make a real difference as the earlier Cancer is diagnosed and treated, the quicker preventative measures can be taken and the better the chance of possibly being cured. Some types of cancer such as breast cancer may be detected by routine self examinations or other screening methods before the symptoms become serious.
Most cases of cancer are detected and diagnosed after a tumor can be felt or when other symptoms develop. In a few cases, cancer is diagnosed incidentally as a result of evaluating or treating other medical conditions.
Sometimes, people put off seeing their doctor because they are worried about what the doctor might find. But it is important to bear in mind that advances in the way cancer is diagnosed and treated have led to real improvements over the years. Even for those cancers where survival overall is poor, the chances of surviving are better the earlier the stage at which the cancer is diagnosed.
So if you notice anything unusual about your body, or have one of the warning signs or symptoms, it is really important to talk to your doctor about it. It may not be anything to worry about, in which case you have nothing to lose. But if it is something serious, you could have everything to gain.