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12 Cancer Symptoms Most Women Ignore But Shouldn’t
In our busy daily life, thinking about something as awful as cancer probably isn’t among the things you consider. It should be, however, even if you are young and healthy.
Why? Because every year, almost 100,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with some type of cancer, especially gynecological cancer. Although most cancers occur in women after menopause, cancer can actually strike anyone at any age. One of the signs of cancer, especially gynecological cancer, can be similar to other conditions — very vague, and very difficult to describe sometimes.
No matter how young or old you might be, it is important for all women to know what to look for and what signs to be aware of so that you can alert your doctor right away. Many cancers can be stopped and fully treated — but only if they are caught early.
Keep reading so you can familiarize yourself with the top 12 cancer symptoms most women ignore but shouldn’t!
1. Blood In The Stool Or Urine
If you find blood in places where it shouldn’t be, such as in your stool or pee, and it doesn’t stop after a day or two, you should see your doctor. Most times it is nothing more than hemorrhoids or a urinary tract infection; however, this is also one of the first signs of cancer of the kidneys or bladder.
2. Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding
More than 90 percent of women who have been diagnosed with endometrial cancer state that they had issues with irregular bleeding. Especially if you have already undergone menopause and have not had a period for more than a year, any bleeding, even if it’s just spotting, should be reported to your doctor and evaluated. If you are a younger woman who has not gone through menopause, and you are having spotting or bleeding between periods, if you have excessively heavy bleeding, or if you bleed after sex, see your doctor for an evaluation.
3. Skin Changes
If you have what appears to be a sore or red, irritated spot anywhere on your skin that does not heal within two weeks, or if you have a sore that scabs over, but peels off and then scabs over again and never really heals, you should see a dermatologist. Also, if you have a mole that changes size, shape, or color, especially if it is very black or red and is irregularly shaped (not round or oval), you should see a dermatologist as soon as possible. These are all common signs of skin cancer. Although most skin cancers are not serious and can be successfully “burned” off right in your doctor’s office, it is a good idea to be certain that it isn’t a serious, life-threatening form of skin cancer called melanoma.
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