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Top cancer symptoms never to be ignored
During last decades cancer became one of common threats of life. The most common cancers that often affect women health are breast, cervical, endometrial, colon, lung, skin and ovarian cancers. Unfortunately many women ignore some obvious cancer signs or are not able to identify known cancer symptoms. Women should be aware of their health and women should seek medical attention when necessary. Every woman should know commonly ignored cancer symptoms – it will help to detect cancer at early stages and it will help to treat or even cure cancer as soon as possible. Early cancer detection saves lives. Ignorance of possible cancer symptoms can end badly.
In most cases body warn women about cancerous transformations. Women should trust body instincts and body signs which can save women lives. Several types of cancer at early stages can be treated effectively.
“Symptoms are not enemies to be destroyed, but sacred messengers who encourage us to take better care of ourselves”
Top cancer symptoms never to be ignored – general health
Unexpected weight loss
All women want to look beautiful and attractive and sometimes unexplained (without trying) weight loss can be considered as a good change but not planned on-going weight loss can be a warning sign of cancer. Losing more 5-10 kg during short period of time without any diet or physical activities can indicate a big problem. At the same time, sudden unusual changes in appetite can also be a warning symptom. Esophageal, pancreatic, liver or colon cancer can trigger weight loss. Leukemia and lymphoma also can cause unexpected weight loss. Sometimes women could experience weight loss during stress or thyroid dysfunctions.
Many women feel tired pretty often because of hectic life but it never happen after good sleep, happy day or after relaxed holidays. If you feel unusual persistent on-going fatigue during more than 2 weeks, it could be a warning sign. According to health experts, anemia and depression also could cause extreme tiredness. At the same time, leukemia and lymphoma change body energy levels and could be responsible for persistent fatigue.
Super active children often have bruises but adults (especially women) can have bruises not often and only after some accidents (trauma). Clumsy women could experience more bruises. If you discover few random bruises popping up all the time in unusual body places, it could be a warning sign. During anemia and leukemia women could experience excessive bruising.
Frequent fevers can be a symptom of weaken immune system. Several health conditions could lead to depressed immune system but special attention should be paid to leukemia and lymphoma. Unexplained fever that does not go away might be a sign of blood cancerous transformations. During weakened immune system women could experience frequent infections (flu, pharyngitis, conjunctivitis, even pneumonia).
Top cancer symptoms never to be ignored – reproductive system and breasts
Top cancer symptoms never to be ignored
Female body experiences hormonal fluctuations during different periods of life (puberty, reproductive period, pregnancy, menopause) and during monthly menstrual cycles. Women with obesity, thyroid dysfunctions, endometriosis, ovarian cyst, stress and extensive physical activities can experience several hormonal disorders. Hormonal dysfunctions often can be responsible for menstrual disturbances such as irregular periods, late period, oligomenorrhea, amenorrhea or frequent periods. Special attention should be paid to significantly heavier periods, irregular uterine bleeding and bleeding between periods which can be early signs of endometrial, cervical or ovarian cancer. Sometimes bleeding can be combined with pelvic pain.
Special attention should be paid to postmenopausal bleeding which often can be alarming indicator of cervical or uterine cancer. Never ignore bleeding after menopause.
Abnormal vaginal discharge
Every healthy woman has normal vaginal discharge – white transparent clear or yellowish without foul odor. Volume and appearance of normal healthy vaginal discharge can be changed during monthly menstrual cycle. Women easily can notice vaginal discharge changes. Brown smelly or foul vaginal discharge can be a symptom of cervical cancer.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. It can occur at any age but risks are increasing with aging. Most common breast cancer symptoms include:
Breast lump (painless or painful, tender or hard, more often with irregular edges);
Changed nipple (inverted nipple, itching nipple, unusual appearance of nipple);
Breast skin appearance (skin dimpling, discoloration, itching, skin changes in texture);
Breast shape (changed breast shape on one side);
Breast redness (irritation, inflammation).
Top cancer symptoms never to be ignored – gastrointestinal system
Bloating, abdominal pain, change in bowel habits, rectal bleeding and blood in stool or in urine can be considered as warning signs. If mentioned symptoms are combined with unexpected weight loss and don’t go away during 1-2 weeks, they could indicate ovarian, uterine, colon, pancreatic, bladder or kidney cancer.
Every day we swallow food without thinking. But once you could experience difficulty swallowing which can be caused by simple sore throat. Special attention should be paid to persistent difficulty swallowing especially if it is combined with vomiting and weight loss – it may be a sign of throat, stomach, lung cancer or even thyroid tumor. If your difficulty swallowing lasts for more than two weeks, better visit your doctor.
Mouth sore and pain
During cold or flu many people experience mouth sore but it never lasts more than 1-2 weeks. If you suffer from persistent mouth sore and pain combined with oral “crater in ulcer” or white or bright-red patches inside the mouth or lips, it is the right time to request medical tests. Oral cancer is not common but it could happen especially in cases of heavy smoking.
Upset stomach is very common and causes are always clear – unusual or bad quality food, stress, pregnancy, flu or gastrointestinal diseases. At the same time, sudden persistent stomach pain sometimes combined with nausea that lasts more than two weeks could be a sign of esophageal, liver, pancreatic, colorectal cancer or leukemia.
Heartburn is very common simple condition which happens almost with all people especially after gluttony, intensive alcohol drinking or stress. If you change your diet, heartburn will disappear pretty fast. Usually heartburn vanishes after few hours or one day. Persistent heartburn can damage esophagus internal lining and lead to development of very special condition called “Barrett’s esophagus” which can end up with throat cancer. In general, persistent heartburn that lasts more than 2 weeks could be a sign of stomach, throat or ovarian cancer.
Top cancer symptoms never to be ignored – skin
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in many countries. Luckily skin changes can be detected easily and early stages of skin cancer can be easily identified. If you notice change in the size, shape or color of skin mole (spot), it could be considered as a sign of cancerous transformations. Special attention should be paid to spots with asymmetric brown or black appearance with irregular edges, blurry or sketchy borders.
Top cancer symptoms never to be ignored – pulmonary system
Persistent chronic (more than 2 weeks) cough, chest pain, wheezing or shortness of breath can be considered as symptoms of lung cancer or leukemia. Coughing up blood should be considered as a red sign of emergency medical care.
Top cancer symptoms never to be ignored – lymph nodes
Lymph nodes (lymph glands) are a part of lymphatic system – important component of human immune system. Lymph nodes are small, bean-shaped, soft nodules which act as “cleaner” cells of body. In most cases swollen lymph nodes occur during infections. Unfortunately some types of cancer (especially metastatic forms) could also cause swollen painful lymph nodes. Swollen lymph nodes could appear on neck, underarms or groin. Swollen tender lymph nodes are typical for leukemia and lymphoma.
Top cancer symptoms never to be ignored – pain
Many women suffer from chronic migraine of different genesis which is not dangerous for life. But sudden unexpected persistent headaches could signal something wrong.
In general, persistent pain in bones or on-going headaches or unusual persistent back pains should be tested by doctors. Any unexplained on-going pain can be a sign of brain, bone, liver, breast or other types of cancer.
Disclaimer: It is strongly recommended to consult your doctor for professional advice. Above mentioned information and recommendations are just general and should be adapted to each person according to personal health indicators and status.