5 Common Medical Conditions People Overlook

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In our busy, go-go-go world, we are typically required to work through common ailments like migraines and joint pain. However, doing so can wreak havoc on your life and overall health. This article will reveal the 5 medical symptoms that neither men nor women should overlook. If you experience any of the symptoms on this list, contact your physician as soon as possible.

  1. Trouble With Urination: Experiencing trouble with urination is not just a sign that you have a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Middle-aged men who experience difficulty with urination, or have blood in their semen and urine could find themselves in the beginning stages of prostate cancer. Erectile dysfunction could also act as a sign of this disease. A male with these symptoms should never wait to see a doctor. 
  2. Fatigue: While both men and women deal with tiredness and fatigue on a daily basis, women with fatigue as a medical symptom should take this physical development seriously. Women who get tired as a result of their busy work, family and personal commitments don’t necessarily need to run to their physician’s office right away. But constant tiredness could act as a sign that a person has chronic fatigue syndrome. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up to 4 million Americans deal with chronic fatigue syndrome on a daily basis. They also found that women are 4 times as likely to have this illness as men. Many conditions have gotten linked to fatigue. See your doctor so that they can determine the cause of your lethargy.
    • Anemia
    • Cancer
    • Cardiovascular disease
    • Depression
    • Diabetes
    • Kidney disease
    • Liver failure
    • Sleep apnea
    • Thyroid disease

  3. Changes In Your Skin: Men develop and die from skin cancer at a rate twice of that of women. The risk becomes especially elevated in men over the age of 50. Over the years, the risk of skin cancer in men has risen because they spend more time outside in the sun and are less likely to put on sunscreen before they go outside. Men also have less hair on their ears and scalp. These two areas act as two of the more common areas where men develop skin cancer. Men also visit their physician less often than women do, so moles and other symptoms become harder to catch. Rashes and other irritations might not be a problem— you may just need simple care such as a shingles treatment. But immediately go to your doctor if a mole on your body gets larger, darker, or raised. If caught in its early stages, skin cancer becomes a lot easier to treat. 
  4. Lumps In Your Breast: Immediately make an appointment with your doctor if you notice or feel some swelling, redness, or lumps in one or both breasts. The American Cancer Society states that a new mass in your breast often acts as the most common symptom of cancer of the breast. You should especially look out for hard, painless lumps with uneven edges as they are more likely to signal cancer. However, even soft and round lumps should get examined by a doctor. Lumps in your breast could also signal an infection in your breast, hormone changes in your body, or damage in your tissues. To catch breast cancer in its early stages, experts recommend that women 40 and older get a mammogram every 1 to 2 years. 
  5. Prolonged Coughing: Both men and women should be concerned about a cough that lasts for more than a couple of weeks. Long-lasting coughs that occur without colds or allergies could signal lung cancer or leukemia. Immediately see your doctor if your cough seems a lot different from your regular cough, continues for weeks on end, and you see blood after coughing.
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About Bethany Cleg

Bethany Cleg is a small business owner at Bethany Cleg Photography. She is an avid writer, photographer, and tech geek. When she’s not writing or taking pictures, you’ll find her hiking with her family.