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Spotting the Symptoms of Different Conditions

Our health can be affected by so many different conditions and illnesses, but fortunately if they’re caught early, many of these illnesses show symptoms that can help us manage them and prevent them from causing too much long-term damage to our health. We join straight stairlifts provider Acorn Stairlifts as they guide us through symptoms to be aware of for six of the most common types of conditions.


The condition that results out of the breaking down of the tissue in the joints is known as arthritis, causing inflammation, pain and restricted movement in the affected area. Other symptoms of arthritis include apparent weakness in the affected joints, while the joints pain and inflammation can sometimes be accompanied by a mild fever.

Even though there’s no cure for it, arthritis can be managed.

The Arthritis Foundation’s advice about living with arthritis has more information and support if you suspect that someone you know is suffering from arthritis.

Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is a type of cancer that originates in the breast tissue. It can occur in both men and women, although it is more common in women. The disease typically begins as a lump or abnormal growth in the breast and can spread to other parts of the body if left untreated. An early diagnosis of breast cancer opens up a spectrum of oncology treatments, which can significantly contribute to effective treatment. To gain a deeper understanding of available treatment options, you can explore further information on

Breast cancer symptoms:

  • Pain around the breasts
  • One or both breasts changing in their shape or size
  • Dimpling on the skin of the breasts
  • Discharge from either nipple (which might be streaked with blood)
  • A rash on or around the nipple

Check out the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Screening Guidelines for helpful advice if you have sany concerns about the possibility of breast cancer.


The presentation of dementia can be representative of any number of different brain disorders, all of which cause a decline in brain functionality. Dementia affects sufferers in different ways. However, common early symptoms which show up include memory loss, difficulty concentrating, difficulty with the completion of daily tasks which were previously just routine tasks, as well as general confusion which is evident in normal activities.

There’s plenty of support available at The Alzheimer’s Association if you’re worried about someone you know showing early signs of the onset of dementia.


The cause of diabetes is when the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin. Signs to look out for which can commonly be associated with diabetes include unexpected weight loss, a need for more frequent visits to the toilet, elevated thirst, fatigue, as well as wounds and cuts which take longer than usual to heal.

If someone you know displays symptoms associated with diabetes, The American Diabetes Association has guides on the treatment and care available throughout the US.


Developing gradually over time, osteoporosis is a condition involved with the weakening of the bones, with the three main symptoms including a stooped back that would be accompanied by a loss of height as the back loses its normal curvature, sudden or intense back pain experienced, and seemingly minor fractures turning out to be worse than initially suspected.

The National Osteoporosis Foundation has published this guide to treatment options for osteoporosis for anyone who is worried that someone they know is possibly suffering from this condition.

Prostate Cancer

Unless the tumour develops close to the urethra, it’s often not possible to identify any signs or symptoms of prostate cancer in its early stages. It makes for good practice to visit the doctor for an annual prostate check-up though, past a certain age, so that any potential cases of prostate cancer can be detected.

The American Cancer Society offers some great advice on various tests available for prostate cancer if you’re worried that you may have prostate cancer or have developed another issue with your prostate gland.

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