(BPT) - Being aware of how you feel is always important, especially during COVID-19. In addition to flagging symptoms of the coronavirus, you should note other changes to your health as well. Being aware of how your body looks and feels is particularly important when it comes to cancer.
Right now many clinics are limiting checkups and other nonessential appointments, and when they open up fully again, these appointments might be difficult to get. The medical experts at Minnesota Oncology agree that it's important to be aware of changes and do cancer screenings at home so you can alert your physician of any warning signs.
Minnesota Oncology’s 12 Twin Cities locations are open and accepting new patients, with telehealth options available as well as safety measures in place to protect patients who need to go into clinics. For more information, visit mnoncology.com.
Contact your doctor if you notice any of the following unexpected bleeding:
- Bleeding from a mole or wart you did not scratch.
- Blood in your urine.
- Blood in semen.
- Vomiting, spitting or coughing blood.
- Frequent nosebleeds.
- Vaginal bleeding outside of the normal cycle or bleeding or spotting after menopause.
- Any changes to moles, freckles or birthmarks.
- Changes in skin color or texture.
- Unexplained bruising or bright red spots.
- A small dome-shaped bump that is pink or purple and growing.
- Pain or numbness in your mouth.
- Pain when swallowing.
- Hoarseness that lasts more than two weeks.
- Mouth ulcers that don't go away.
- Difficulty chewing, swallowing or speaking.
- A swelling on one side of your neck.
- Changes to your bite.
- Excess saliva.
- Change in the pitch of your voice that lasts for more than two weeks.