"Cancer" is perhaps one of the most terrifying words in the English language when used in a medical context. In many cases, cancer arrives as an unexpected, unknown and sudden diagnosis that can lead to long treatment battles and potential stays in the hospital.

Even living a pristine lifestyle with frequent doctor visits can't fully guarantee you won't get cancer. However, the odds of surviving cancer are greatly increased if it is detected early, which is why regular checkups and exams are important. So, too, is knowing the warning signs of cancer, because prior knowledge helps people recognize when to be alarmed with regard to their body.

One way to recognize physical signs is to conduct self-exams, but