15 Cancer Symptoms Women Often Ignore

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According to various studies, women often ignore these common indicators of cancer!

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.

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.

Most breast lumps aren’t cancer, but your doctor should always check them.

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).

If you dread your period because you have such heavy menstrual bleeding, talk with your doctor. There are many effective treatments for excessive bleeding (menorrhagia).

Signs and symptoms of menorrhagia may include:

    • Soaking through one or more sanitary pads or tampons every hour for several consecutive hours
    • Needing to use double sanitary protection to control your menstrual flow
  • Needing to wake up to change sanitary protection during the night
  • Bleeding for longer than a week
  • Passing blood clots larger than a quarter
  • Restricting daily activities due to heavy menstrual flow
  • Symptoms of anemia, such as tiredness, fatigue or shortness of breath

When to see a doctor

Seek medical help before your next scheduled exam if you experience:

  • Vaginal bleeding so heavy it soaks at least one pad or tampon an hour for more than two hours.
  • Bleeding between periods or irregular vaginal bleeding
  • Any vaginal bleeding after menopause

Skin Changes

A change in the size, shape, or color of a mole or other spot is a common sign of skin cancer.

Skin changes color usually because there’s something going on in the body.

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