When there is abnormal growth in cells and spreads to other tissues and organs, it is called cancer. A cell growth called tumors can be malignant or benign. Benign cell growth or tumors are harmless, will not spread to the rest of the body and does not grow back when surgically removed. However, depending on where it develops, it can still cause some symptoms, due to the pressure on the surrounding tissues and organs. Some individuals with cancer, sometimes experience symptoms, while others don’t. Some have very small cancer cells, that it won’t allow you to feel a lump or a mass.
Tumor cells or cancer cells have six characteristics that would develop into malignant cells. These are:
- Abnormal cell division and growth
- There is continuous cell growth and division even when there is a signal to stop
- Does not follow the normal lifespan of a healthy cell
- The cell division is unlimited in cancer cells
- The cell promotes blood vessel construction
- Cancer cells spread or will metastases to nearby tissues and other organs
The signs and symptoms of cancer will depend on how advanced the cancer is and the location of the growth. In fact, at the onset of the disorder, no symptoms will show. Signs and symptoms will only start to appear when tumor and mass start to grow or cause an ulcer. Only a few symptoms are specific since it will depend on cancer’s type and location.
Local symptoms are symptoms produced where the mass or tumor is located. For instance, if the cancer is located in the lungs, the mass can block the bronchus which leads to a cough or pneumonia and so on.
Systemic symptoms or paraneoplastic phenomena are produced when cancer produces specific symptoms. Examples are myasthenia gravis in thymoma and clubbing in lung cancer.
If you think you are suffering from Cancer you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Cancer as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).