Is Excessive Weight Loss a Sign of Cancer?

Weights loss that cannot be explained by diet changes or an increase in exercise may be a sign of other health conditions and it is best to have a doctor look into it, especially if it is significant or ongoing.

While many people would be very happy about losing lots of weight, it may be a sign of a more serious problem. Doctor supervised weight loss experts examine all the individual characteristics of their patients including medical history and any current symptoms for patient safety reasons, focusing on the overall health of the patient, not just the numbers on the scale.

According to MayoClinic staff, unexplained weight loss of 10 pounds or more should be taken to a doctor in order to determine the underlying cause, while losing only a few pounds is not a reason to be alarmed.

Unexplained weight loss may be due to over active thyroid problems or it can be an early sign of cancer. A doctor may recommend a CT scan of various organs, such as pancreas, stomach, esophagus, or lung.

WebMD reports that Ranit Mishori, MD, an assistant professor of family medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C, warns against overacting, but rather to use the unexplained weight loss as a sign that you need to start ruling out the different possibilities.