15 Cancer Symptoms Women Often Ignore

Nowadays, cancer has become the most widespread disease of all.
According to various studies, women often ignore these common indicators
of cancer!

In 2016, an estimated 1,685,210 new cases of cancer
will be diagnosed in the United States and 595,690 people will die from
the disease.

The
most common cancers in 2016 are projected to be breast cancer, lung and
bronchus cancer, prostate cancer, colon and rectum cancer, bladder
cancer, melanoma of the skin, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, thyroid cancer,
kidney and renal pelvis cancer, leukemia, endometrial cancer, and
pancreatic cancer.

Some of the cancers that most often affect
women are breast, colon, endometrial, lung, cervical, skin, and ovarian
cancers. Knowing about these cancers and what you can do to help prevent
them or find them early (when they are small and easier to treat) may
help save your life. Breast cancer is the most common cancer that women
may face in their lifetime (except for skin cancer). It can occur at any
age, but the risk goes up as you get older. Because of certain factors,
some women may have a greater chance of having breast cancer than
others. But every woman should know about breast cancer and what can be
done about it.

Women’s bodies change all the time. Women
experience many different stages of growth in their bodies, but
sometimes your body can take an unnatural path.Women should be well
aware of the warning signs of cancer. Many women will have early warning
signs of cancer. Being able to recognize early warning signs of cancer
might be able to save a life! It is important to stay informed, so here
are 15 early warning signs of cancer that women shouldn’t ignore.

Breast Changes

Most
breast lumps aren’t cancer, but your doctor should always check them.
Let her know about changes such as skin dimpling, skin puckering, nippes
that turn inward, nipple discharge, or redness and scaling of the
nipple or breast skin.

Bloating

Marleen Meyers,
MD, an oncologist at NYU Langone Medical Center says that women are
natural bloaters. But she also says that If your symptoms don’t get
better with time, or if they happen with weight loss or bleeding, see a
doctor. Constant bloating can sometimes mean ovarian cancer. You’ll have
a pelvic exam as well as blood tests, and sometimes an ultrasound.

Between-Period Bleeding

If
you’re still getting periods, tell your doctor if you’re spotting them.
Bleeding that’s not a part of your usual monthly cycle can have many
causes, but your doctor will want to rule out endometrial cancer (cancer
of the lining of your uterus).

Skin Changes

A
change in the size, shape, or color of a mole or other spot is a common
sign of skin cancer. See your doctor for a thorough exam and perhaps a
biopsy. This is one time you don’t want to wait, Meyers says.

Blood in Urine or Stool

Talk
to your doctor if you’re bleeding from a part of your body that
normally doesn’t, especially if the bleeding lasts more than a day or
two, Meyers says. Bloody stool is often from hemorrhoids, but it can
also be a symptom of colon cancer. Bloody urine is usually the first
sign of cancer of the bladder or kidneys, says Herbert Lepor, MD, a
urologist at NYU’s Langone.

Lymph Node Changes

Lymph
nodes are small, bean-shaped glands around the body. Most changes in
them come from common infections. But some cancers, including leukemia
and lymphoma, can also cause lymph nodes to swell. It’s a good idea to
see your doctor if you have a lump or swelling anywhere in your body
that lasts a month or more, Meyers says.

Trouble Swallowing

Occasional
trouble swallowing is nothing to worry about. But when it happens
often, especially with vomiting or weight loss, your doctor may want to
check you for throat or stomach cancer.

Random Weight Loss

Most
unintended weight loss is not cancer, Meyers says. “It’s often caused
by stress or your thyroid, but it can be a sign of pancreatic cancer,”
she says. Stomach and lung cancers are also possible. Your doctor may
ask for a lot of tests to look for a problem, including blood tests and
imaging tests, like a CT scan.

Heartburn

Too much
food, alcohol, or stress (or all three) can cause serious heartburn.
Meyers suggests that you change your diet for a week or two to see if
your symptoms get better.


Mouth Changes

If you smoke,
watch for white or bright-red patches inside your mouth or on your lips.
Both can signal oral cancer. Ask your doctor or dentist about tests and
treatment.


Fever

A fever that doesn’t go away and can’t
be explained could mean leukemia or another blood cancer. Your doctor
should get the details of your medical history and give you a physical
exam to check for the cause.


Fatigue

Talk to your doctor
if your fatigue never gets better or if you have other symptoms, like
blood in your stool. Your doctor will ask for your complete medical
history and give you blood tests.


Change in Urination

Urinary
symptoms can include frequent urination, small amounts of urine, and
slow urine flow or a general change in bladder function. These symptoms
can be caused by urinary infections (usually in women) or, in men, by an
enlarged prostate gland.


Unexplained Pain

Pain can be a
result of numerous conditions, but ongoing pain which is unexplained
and lasts a month or longer can signal bone, brain, or other cancers.
Ask your doctor about any suspicious prolonged and unexplained pain.


Coughing

This
is probably one of the most mundane and diverse symptoms on the list.
There are a ton of different reasons that people cough, and more often
than not they are trivial and temporary in nature. It’s when the cough
persists over the course of weeks that someone should voice concern.
If you find yourself in pain or short of breath during a cough it could
be serious. If you cough up blood, it is serious. Smokers should pay
particular attention to coughing, as it’s the most typical sign of lung
cancer.

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