Women

15 Cancer Symptoms Women Ignore

Unexplained Weight Loss
Unexplained Weight Loss

Most of the women would love to lose weight without trying hard. However, unexplained weight loss i.e. 10 pounds a month without any exercise or reduced food intake must be checked out. In all the cases, you cannot diagnose it as cancer; it can be due to any other disease condition also. You can visit your doctor in case of  a sudden weight loss.

Bloating
Bloating

Bloating is another common sign that most of the women love with it. It can be a sign of ovarian cancer too. Some of the other signs are pelvic pain or abdominal pain. If you experience bloating almost every day then you need to consult a doctor for further diagnosis and treatment.

Breast Changes
Breast Changes

A breast change is one common symptom of cancer. It’s not only lumps that you need to look out for, but check for redness and thickening of the breast. These signs indicate an aggressive form of breast cancer. Even if you have nipple discharge and are not breast feeding then you need to visit a doctor. Your doctor would examine your breast for changes and order for some tests.

Between-Period Bleeding or Other Unusual Bleeding
Between-Period Bleeding or Other Unusual Bleeding

Premenopausal women ignore between period bleeding. They ignore gastrointestinal tract bleeding thinking it is due to periods. Bleeding after menopause is a symptom of endometrial cancer. So, any abnormal bleeding or spotting is a sign to visit your doctor. Around three-quarters who have endometrial cancer, all of them have complained of some sort of abnormal bleeding.

Skin Changes
Skin Changes

Skin changes include formation of new moles or warts. This is one common sign of skin cancer. If you experience sudden bleeding on your skin, it must be checked. You cannot ignore this symptom as skin changes for several weeks can be dangerous.

Difficulty Swallowing
Difficulty Swallowing

If you have difficulty in swallowing then you may turn into liquid foods or soups like protein shakes. If you suffer from this problem from a very long time then it is a sign of GI cancer (Gastrointestinal). Your doctor may advise you for tests like chest X-ray or GI tract examinations.

Blood in the Wrong Place
Blood in the Wrong Place

Experiencing blood in your stool or your urine cannot be regarded as it’s from hemorrhoid. It could be due to colon cancer. Sometimes, coughing up blood must be evaluated too. If any such abnormal bleeding occurs more than once then you need to see your doctor for treatment.

Abdominal Pain and Depression
Abdominal Pain and Depression

Any woman who is feeling depressed and has a pain in the abdomen needs a checkup. Some researchers have found a link between pancreatic cancer and depression. However, this connection is poorly understood. We need more research to prove this connection.

Indigestion
Indigestion

Indigestion when you tend to overeat or eat junk is a common thing that occurs to many people. However, indigestion without any reason can be a red flag. This can be an early sign of stomach, throat, and esophagus cancer.

Mouth Changes
Mouth Changes

Women who smoke must be alert for white patches in the mouth or white spots on the tongue. These signs are a precancerous condition called leukoplakia. This can later progress to an oral cancer. The moment you observe these changes in your mouth, consult a physician immediately.

 

Pain
Pain

As you age, you suffer from various pains and aches. However, pain can also be an early symptom of certain cancers. Pain that persists needs to be checked. An unexplained pain is also another cause of cancer. Your doctor may ask your history and based on that information further diagnostic tests are done.

Changes in the Lymph Nodes
Changes in the Lymph Nodes

If you notice a swelling or lump in the lymph nodes under your neck or your armpit or anywhere else can be worrisome. If you have a lymph node, which is progressively getting larger and has been longer than a month, then you need to visit your doctor immediately.

Fever
Fever

If you have fever that is due to an infection or influenza then it could be related to cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, fevers that occur more often after the cancerous cells have spread from its original site. It can also point to early blood cancers like lymphoma or leukemia. Some of the other cancer symptoms are a change in the stool color or jaundice.

Fatigue
Fatigue

Fatigue is a vague sign that may point to cancer and to many other problems as well. Fatigue occurs after the cancer cells are grown. It may also occur in some cancers like leukemia or stomach and colon cancers.

Persistent Cough
Persistent Cough

Cough along with flu, colds, and allergies are common symptoms and cannot be regarded as signs of cancer. However, prolonged cough that lasts for more than 3 or 4 weeks must not be ignored. Your doctor may do a thorough examination of your lung, throat and take a chest X-ray.

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