As a new resident of Paducah, I am excited to join Charles Winkler, MD, at Baptist Health Cancer Care & Blood Disorders on Kiana Court. My goal is to provide the same compassion and quality care Dr. Winkler has provided his patients for many years.
The nationally-accredited cancer program at Baptist Health Paducah cares for more than 900 new cancer patients each year. Lung, breast and prostate cancers have been the most common types treated at Baptist Health since 2008, although melanoma has increased each year.
What are the signs and symptoms of cancer?
Different types of cancer can cause almost any sign or symptom. While sometimes the symptoms don’t appear until the cancer is in an advanced state, it is still important to pay attention to warning signs because treatment works best when cancer is found early and before it spreads to other parts of the body.
According to the American Cancer Society, there are several general signs and symptoms of cancer. Having any of these does not mean you have cancer, but you should see a doctor if they persist or get worse.
- Unexplained weight loss of more than 10 pounds or more.
- Skin changes, such as darker looking skin, reddened skin, yellowish skin and eyes, itching and excessive hair loss.
The symptoms below sometimes indicate certain cancers. They can suggest other health problems as well, so it is best to see a doctor if they worsen.
- Change in bowel habits or bladder function.
- Sores that do not heal.
- White patches in the mouth or on the tongue.
- Unusual bleeding or discharge.
- Indigestion or trouble swallowing.
- Thickening or lump in the breast or other parts of the body.
- Recent change in a wart or mole.
- Nagging cough or hoarseness.
Baptist Health Line available 24/7
If you have questions about any signs or symptoms, phone Baptist Health Line at 270.575.2918. Nurses will answer your questions 24 hours a day.
Vote Sept. 9-23 for Baptist Pink Glove video
Baptist Health Paducah recently made its annual Pink Glove Dance video for breast cancer awareness. The hospital’s video has placed in the nation’s Top 8 each of the past three years. The top winners earn cash prizes for breast cancer charities, so Baptist asks for your votes to support the Kentucky Cancer Program’s Horses and Hope breast cancer education program. Vote once daily Sept. 9-23 at PinkGloveDance.com.
- Oncologist Yashpal Modi, MD