Sunday, September 18, 2011

Seven Signs of Cancer in Women

There are several types of cancer that are normally found in women, which include breast, cervical, ovarian, vaginal, and colon cancer. As a woman, you need to know the warning signs of each of those diseases to be able to prevent them from occurring. If you experience any of these symptoms and you suspect that you might have cancer, you should see a doctor immediately. Chances are, you might not have it, but it's better to be safe than sorry.
Here are seven signs of cancer in women you should know:
1. Pelvic Pain
Women usually feel pelvic pain (pain or pressure below the navel) before or during their monthly period. However, if the pain persists even after you've had your period, it could be a symptom of endometrial, ovarian, cervical, fallopian tube, or vaginal cancer.
2. Abdominal Swelling and Bloating
This is a common symptom of ovarian cancer. Sometimes it is followed by a persistent lower back pain as well. Although bloating is commonly linked to indigestion, you can't just ignore it. Especially if it gets so bad that you can't even button your jeans.
3. Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding
This could be a symptom of gynecologic cancer, especially when you have a heavy periods and bleeding between periods. Bleeding during and after sex could also indicate and link to cervical, uterine, and ovarian cancer.
4. Persistent Fever
You should consult a doctor if you have had fever for more than 7 days. It might be a symptom of cancer, but it could also be caused by other less life-threatening disease. Persistent stomach upset or bowel changes during the fever is something you should also worry about.Constipation, diarrhea, flatulence, or bloody stool could be a sign of colon cancer.
5. Unintentional Weight Loss
If you lose 10 or more pounds without even trying (no exercise, no diet), you should see a doctor to consult about the possibility of havingcancer. Moreover, serious weight loss could also indicate the stage of the cancer.
6. Abnormalities in the Vulva or Vagina
Vulva or vaginal abnormalities could be a symptom of vaginal cancer. These could be in the form of sores, blister, changes in skin color, and unusual discharge. Regular check-ups with a gynecologist can help you prevent gynecologic cancer.
7. Changes in the Breast
Women are advised to perform regular breast self-examination. You should look for any lumps, soreness, dimpling, swelling or nipple discharge. If you observe any changes in your breast, you should report it to a doctor immediately.
David Dodiros


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