A female human body goes through a lot of changes and women have always been conditioned to adapt to the frequent changes. The change may be different for everyone, but although they get used to it, women often tend to ignore what causes serious complications such as cancer. Some of the common cancers that women encounter are breast, colorectal, lung, cervical, endometrial, and skin.
Since the early symptoms can largely bypass the severity of this disease, it is very important to know the triggering symptoms of cancer.
Here are a few common cancer symptoms to watch out for:
- Consistent back pain
Back pain is one of the things women have learned to live with. From menstruation to menopause, women experience monthly back pain. Pain from cramping during menstruation is fine, but prolonged pains near the pelvis and back should not be ignored. They could be signs of cancer. Shooting pain in the upper abdomen is a sign of pancreatic cancer, where a tumor in the spine can lead to pain in the lower back.
- Irregular bowel movements
One should not ignore regular constipation or irritable bowel syndrome as it is an early sign of colorectal cancer. This particular sign is overlooked because many women feel constipation, bloating and changes in the gut during the premenstrual period. If the condition lasts longer, and one experiences changes in stool color, lethargy, weight loss, then one should consult a doctor.
- Problem while urinating
Women face urinary tract infections and this is one reason why a frequent change in the pattern of urination is more often seen in women. While one should always keep the urinary tract clean and dry, one should also see a doctor if the infection returns within short intervals. One should also check for blood in the urine as this is a sign of kidney cancer.
- Change in breast size
Breast cancer is common in women. Signs of breast cancer include – lump in armpit or collarbone, inward-facing nipples, nipple discharge, orange-looking skin, breast or nipple pain, itchy skin around the nipple. Regular self-examination can help detect these symptoms at an early stage. You may also opt for a mammogram as it tells the changes in your breast tissue.
- skin patches
From a small pimple to a purple lesion or a crusty, scaly, bleeding patch of skin, if the skin infections don’t go away, one should see a doctor and get diagnosed. People ignore small bumps on the skin and assume that they will heal with time. The ignorance gives cancer ample time to spread.
- Bleeding or discharge during menstruation
Seek medical attention if you notice blood or foul-smelling discharge from the body between menstrual cycles. Premenstrual discharge, which is common in women, should be handled with care. Foul-smelling discharges from the body are signs of cervical, vaginal, or endometrial cancer.
- Constant cough
A persistent cough has been linked to a number of diseases, and its association with cancer is the least well-known. Regular checkups of the body can help detect this disease, as a prolonged cough is a sign of lung cancer.
- Difficulty swallowing
Difficulty swallowing is one of the most common symptoms of cancer in the mouth, throat or esophagus or you may also feel a large lump in the throat. It could also be acid reflux, but if this condition persists despite acid reflux related treatments, one should have the food tract, throat and mouth closely monitored.
- Frequent earache
If your ear hurts without any infection, there may be a chance of cancer in the tongue or tonsil or even in the mouth. If ear drops don’t help you, get your body checked for cancer cells.
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