women cancer symptom

The female body is always changing. Sometimes, changes that appear to be normal may, in fact, be signs of cancer. For that reason oncologists recommend always to pay attention to your body, so you quickly identify any changes.

The signals to which we must pay close attention to are:

1- Breast changes

Most breast lumps do not mean cancer, but it is always good to have them checked by a doctor. Do check your breasts even if you notice dimpling in the skin, nipple turning inward or secretions or redness.

2- Swelling

If you notice areas in which the edematous swelling resist for over two weeks, do a medical check.

3- Bleeding between menstrual periods

Bleeding outside the normal monthly cycle can have many causes, but control will serve to rule out endometrial cancer or cervical cancer. Learn more in this article. Bleeding after menopause is never normal and should be checked immediately.

4- Skin changes

A change in the size, shape or color of a mole is a common sign of skin cancer. You should consult your doctor for a thorough examination and perhaps a biopsy. Do not wait, early diagnosis is critical for this type of cancer.

5- Anal bleeding or blood in urine

Anal bleeding is often only a signal of the presence of hemorrhoids, but can also be a symptom of colon cancer. The presence of blood in urine is usually the first sign of cancer of the bladder or kidneys and in this case, the action to the doctor must also be immediate.

6- Changes of lymph nodes

Lymph nodes are small bean-shaped glands present in all body areas. Most of the changes in size are due to common infections, but some types of cancer, including leukemia and lymphoma, can be announced by swollen lymph nodes and it is good, then, not ever underestimate them.

7- Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)

Occasional difficulty swallowing are not anything to worry about. But when it happens often, especially if accompanied by vomiting or weight loss, your doctor may want to check for tumors in the stomach or throat.

8- Weight loss

An unexplained weight loss is often caused by stress or thyroid problems, but it could also be a sign of cancer of the pancreas, stomach, and lungs.

9- Heartburn

Almost always associated with stress, smoking, alcohol consumption or a poor diet. If burning persists, best to consult a doctor to rule out problems in the stomach or throat.

10- Lesions in mouth

Especially if you are a smoker and if you have neglected dental health, be alert for small lesions in the mouth, if they become persistent. They may be associated with irritation and pain and be a sign of oral cancer. Smoking not only causes lung cancer.

11- Fever

A persistent fever could mean leukemia or another type of cancer of the blood.

12- Fatigue

Many women are tired because they lead a busy life. But the extreme tiredness that does not pass even after rest should not be considered normal and must be a symptom not to be underestimated.

13- Cough

Most of the infections that cause coughs heal spontaneously in 3 to 4 weeks. Do not ignore those that last longer, especially if you are smoking. If you cough up blood, contact a doctor immediately. Coughing is the most common symptom of lung cancer.

14- Pain

Pain is a rare symptom for tumors. Persistent pain and no other cause can be a symptom of cancer of the bones.

15- Abdominal pain and tiredness

"Abdominal pain", especially if associated with tiredness, can be a sign of ovarian cancer [source].

28 Nov 2015 / memorialhealth