15 Early Warning Signs Of Cancer Women Need to Be Aware Of 15 Early Warning Signs Of Cancer Women Need to Be Aware Of
In the United States, cancer is the second leading cause of death in women. Some of the cancers that affect women are breast, lung,... 15 Early Warning Signs Of Cancer Women Need to Be Aware Of

In the United States, cancer is the second leading cause of death in women. Some of the cancers that affect women are breast, lung, colon, endometrial, cervical, and lung. Because of certain factors such as age, family history, genetic tendency, and lifestyle, some women have a higher risk of getting cancer than others.

Cancer is a disease that is often diagnosed too late because its symptoms are unnoticed. Even a very healthy woman with no family history and vices can have cancer, so the best defense for cancer is early detection. Read on to find out 15 of the symptoms that most women ignore:

1.) Abdominal pain and depression

This symptom is rare but mostly overlooked. If you have abdominal pain and depression at the same time, it might be due to pancreatic cancer.

2.) Vaginal discharge

One of the symptoms of cervical cancer is foul/smelly vaginal discharge.

3.) Back pain

Back pain is common but not many people know that it may be a symptom of cancer of the brain, bone, liver, breast and many others, especially if the pain has lasted for one month.

4.) Fatigue or weakness

If you are always tired for no reason, it may be a symptom of cancer, especially if combined with any of the other symptoms listed here.

5.) Skin changes

If you notice a mole changing in shape, size, and color, it’s time to go to the doctor.

6.) Heartburn

Heartburn is caused by stress, too much food, and alcohol. You may try changing your diet/lifestyle for a couple of weeks to see if it goes away. If it doesn’t, you may have stomach, esophageal, or ovarian cancer.

7.) Chronic cough, wheezing, chest pain, or shortness of breath

Lung tumors and leukemia can cause symptoms similar to bronchitis or a bad cough. The pain may extend up to the shoulder and even down the arm.

8.) Mouth changes

Smokers should look out for white spots on mouth and lips that are symptoms of oral cancer.

9.) Heavy bleeding or bleeding between periods

Many women reported this to be the first symptom of uterine or endometrial cancer. Get a transvaginal ultrasound from your doctor immediately.

10.) Breast changes

Having breast lumps doesn’t mean you have cancer, but you should go to a doctor. You should also observe the following changes in your breasts: nipples suddenly inverted, nipple discharge, skin dimpling or puckering, and scaliness/redness of the nipples or skin of the breast.

11.) Changes in the nails

Observe for color changes like white or pale beds or a brown/black streak or dot under the nails. These changes on your fingernails and toenails may be an indication of many different cancers.

12.) Blood in stool or urine

This is a symptom of ovarian, colon, bladder, or kidney cancer.

13.) Frequent infections or fever

Unexplained high fever that goes on for days may be a symptom of leukemia or another blood cancer. Consult a doctor ASAP.

14.) Swollen lymph nodes, lumps on the neck, underarms or groin

If you have swollen lymph nodes or it is difficult to swallow solids and liquids, it might be due to a fungal infection. But if it gets worse, you may have cancer of the lymph nodes.

15.) Weight loss

If you suddenly lost weight without trying it may be due to thyroid problems, but it may also be a symptom stomach, pancreatic, or lung cancer.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Knowing these symptoms will save your life!

Henry Okafor

  • Tamara

    2017-06-26 #1 Author

    I need to get checked this is scary😱

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  • Tatiana Dade

    2017-06-26 #2 Author

    My mom had breast cancer and had alot of those signs, she found out she had it in 2013 and passed away in 2015, i should be getting checked soon!!

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  • Samara

    2017-06-26 #3 Author

    I glad i read this

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  • Janie mccoy

    2017-06-26 #4 Author

    Glad I read this article! It’s always good to be aware

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  • Tula Toon

    2017-06-27 #5 Author

    How scary; good to know!

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  • Usman Jamilu Yasin

    2017-06-27 #6 Author

    wow, good to know this

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