So many different illnesses and conditions can affect our health, but luckily if caught early, many illnesses have symptoms which can help manage them and prevent them from causing too much long-term damage to our health. 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.


Arthritis is the condition that results out of the breaking down of the tissue in the joints, causing inflammation, pain and restricted movement of the affected area. Other symptoms include apparent weakness in the affected joints, with the joints pain and inflammation sometimes accompanied by a mild fever.

While there is no cure, arthritis can be managed.

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

Breast Cancer

While not every lump that forms around the breast is necessarily cancerous, it’s always a good idea to get it checked out by a doctor as lumps or thickened breast tissue sections are indeed the first visible sign of breast cancer.

Other symptoms of breast cancer include:

  • Pain around the breasts
  • One or both breasts changing in their shape or size
  • Dimples 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 any concerns about the possibility of breast cancer.


Dementia presents itself in any number of different brain disorders causing a decline in brain functionality, affecting people in different ways. Common early symptoms include memory loss, difficulty concentrating, difficulty with the completion of routine daily tasks and general confusion creeping into 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.


Diabetes is caused when the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin. Common signs to look out for include unexpected weight loss, more frequent use of the toilet, elevated thirst, fatigue, and 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.


Osteoporosis develops gradually over time and is a condition involved with the weakening of the bones. The three main symptoms include a stooped back accompanied by a loss of height as the back loses its normal curvature, sudden or intense back pain, and seemingly minor fractures turning out 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, in its early stages it’s often not possible to identify any signs or symptoms of prostate cancer. It’s just good practice to visit the doctor for an annual prostate check-up, past a certain age to try and detect any potential cases of prostate cancer.

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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