Cancer: Twitching in the body can be a key warning sign for three major cancers

01/8Muscle twitches, spasms, or jerking could signal cancer

Cancer is a disease in which some of the body’s cells grow uncontrollably and spread to other parts of the body. Symptoms of cancer are innumerable, however, many of the warning signs are seemingly unrelated to the tumor’s point of origin. Sometimes, a cancerous tumor is malignant, meaning it can grow and spread to other parts of the body where the nerves are centred, causing muscle twitches, spasms, or jerking. Muscle twitches are caused by involuntary contractions in the area, or uncontrollable twitching of a muscle group that is served by a single motor nerve fiber.

02/8​Why do muscles twitch?

Symptoms typically occur when the tumor starts pressing on the brain, stopping the normal functioning of part of the organ. A brain tumor can irritate the neurons in the brain, causing muscle contractions, twitching, numbness and tingling, shallow breathing and loss of consciousness.

Tumors that spread to the temporal lobe, frontal lobe, and parietal lobe can cause problems in speech, decision making, problem-solving, concentration, and thinking speed functions. Therefore, it is imperative to address symptoms as they appear. Anyone affected by unusual bodily changes is advised to contact their doctor for further examination.

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