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10 Things to Watch Out for as a Cancer Survivor

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 10. Seizures 


If you experience a seizure or an episode with a convulsions, this is a tell-tale sign that you must visit your doctor immediately. This also includes black outs where you find yourself dazed and confused upon waking. Seizures, as well as, all of the symptoms below could be the result of a brain tumor post-survival.


9. Changes in Vision


If you begin to see double vision or if you notice any loss of vision, including partial loss, you must schedule an appointment to see your doctor.


8. Paralysis 


Total paralysis, partial paralysis, or difficulty moving your limbs could also be a sign of trouble.


7. Not Able to Walk


Continuing with the point above, if you find that you are not able to walk properly, it’s time to get to your doctor. This includes something as simple as a random limp.


6. Trouble with Balance

 

Your balance relies on the delicate vestibular system working with the body's visual and skeletal systems and if you start to have trouble maintaining your balance, especially if the loss of balance results in a fall, then this could be a sign of a larger issue.


5. Issues with Talking


We all have our off days but if you are slurring or not able to form a coherent sentence, this could be a problematic symptom.


4. Cognitive Impairment 


In relation to the issue above, if you find yourself not being able to do basic mental tasks such as reading then you need to call your doctor.


3. Numbness 


Never downplay something as simple as numbness. Numbness and tingling can be a serious symptom.


2. Headaches


We all get headaches, especially during stressful times. After surviving cancer, it’s important to monitor your headaches, particularly if they are accompanied by nausea and vomiting.


1. Changes in Your Skin


This is most relevant to breast cancer survivors but should still be taken seriously by all. If you notice changes in sensitivity, color, or an unexplained swelling, contact your doctor.

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