11 Early Signs of Cancer Women Are Likely to Ignore

About 8.5 million women around the world develop cancer each year. –wcrf.org

Cancer is considered one of the leading causes of death worldwide.
Although cancer has no specific symptoms. There are certain ones linked with cancer. That’s why it’s very important to be on constant alert for such symptoms.

Let’s delve right into 11 cancer symptoms WOMEN should NOT ignore.

11.Skin changes

Skin cancer is considered to be the most common type of cancer and sometimes it can be difficult to recognize in the early stages.
Anytime you have a freckle, wart, or mole that changes color, size, or shape, or if it has irregular edges, then you should have it checked out for melanoma –a cancer of the skin that typically develops around your legs. It can often manifest on your skin in the form of dark, irregularly shaped moles –or some other type of skin cancer.
However, besides skin cancer, other types of cancer can also cause skin changes. Pay attention to signs and symptoms which include: darker, yellowish, or reddish skin, itching, bleeding, etc.

10.Persistent fatigue

Persistent fatigue can be an important symptom of leukemia, colon, or stomach cancer. It may manifest itself differently from everyday fatigue. Cancer-related fatigue often doesn’t go away after a good sleep and lasts for weeks or more.
Consult your doctor and get the necessary tests done immediately. Leukemia, lymphoma, and ovarian cancer are just some of the common cancers that start to drain your energy levels.

About 8.5 million women around the world develop cancer each year.

9.Nagging cough or Hoarseness

Testicular cancer starts in the male gland known as a testicle or testis (two are called testicles, or testes

Hoarseness, an abnormal change in your voice, is a common condition that’s often experienced in conjunction with a dry or scratchy throat. If your voice is rough, you may have a raspy, weak, or airy quality to your voice that prevents you from making smooth vocal sounds.
A cough (or hoarseness) every once in a while isn’t something to worry about. However, persistent hoarseness or cough that doesn’t go away should be taken seriously. Pay extra attention if coughing causes pain in your chest, shoulder, or back area.

Most coughs aren’t cancer, but still, they should be evaluated by your doctor.
 Did you know that in the United States, one in every three women will develop some type of cancer during her lifetime? Spotting the signs early on can save lives, but there are some that women tend to ignore.

8.Change in bowel or bladder habits

Colorectal cancer starts in the colon or the rectum. These cancers can also be called colon cancer or rectal cancer, depending on where they start.

If you’re experiencing long-term constipation, diarrhea, or a change in the size of the stool, it may be a good idea to visit a doctor. These are signs of colon cancer. Symptoms of bladder or prostate cancer include pain when passing urine, blood in the urine, or a change in bladder function.

Report these unusual signs to your doctor. However, keep in mind these could also be symptoms of a urinary tract infection

7.Constant pain

Most pancreatic cancer begins in the cells that line the ducts of the pancreas.

Although pain can be a symptom of a huge variety of diseases, it can also indicate cancer. If the pain is unexplained and doesn’t go away or get better with treatment, it’s a warning sign.
Depending on where the pain is localized, it can be a symptom of a brain tumor, cancer of the colon, rectum, or ovary.

6.Frequent fever

Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, develops in the cells that produce melanin

Almost all people with cancer are likely to have a fever at some stage, especially if cancer affects the immune system. Although fever is more common at late stages, it can also be an early sign of blood cancer, such as leukemia or lymphoma.
In any case, if you often experience fever, especially without an obvious reason then it is best to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

5.Weight loss without trying

Stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, can affect any part of the stomach.

Most people with cancer are likely to lose weight at some point. If you don’t recall any specific reason, like exercising more, or changing diet, a rapid unexplained weight loss can be a dangerous sign.
An unexpected weight loss of 10 pounds or more can be the first sign of cancer. Remember that getting a cancer checkup will prevent further complications and secure the effectiveness and speed of treatment.

4.Unexplained thickening or lump

Examine your body regularly. A lump, or thickening especially in the breasts or neck area may be an early or late sign of cancer and should be immediately reported to a doctor

Pay attention to any new lumps or thickening or those that are changing in size. Don’t stress over it too early though. Many of those changes in your body can be completely benign.

3.Unusual Bleeding

What Causes Cancer?
Smoking and Tobacco.
Diet and Physical Activity.
Sun and Other Types of Radiation.
Viruses and Other Infections.

Unusual bleeding is always something worth investigating, even if it’s not a sign of cancer. However, it can also happen in the early or advanced stages of cancer. Coughing blood, blood in the stool or urine, abnormal vaginal bleeding are all dangerous signs that require medical attention.

2.Indigestion or trouble swallowing

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Indigestion issues that don’t go away could be symptoms of cancer. Potential causes are cancers of the esophagus, stomach, or throat. However, in the vast majority of cases, indigestion or swallowing problems indicate something other than cancer.

1.Other Symptoms

These signs and symptoms we just reviewed are the most common ones, appearing in cancer patients. However, there’s a huge variety of other possible symptoms.

Swollen feet, for example, are not necessarily a symptom of cancer, but rather a side effect from cancer treatment, but if you are experiencing unexplained swollen feet, it is best to consult with your doctor.

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