Because women’s bodies are constantly changing throughout their lives, it can be difficult to discern normal changes from symptoms of potentially serious problems. In this post, we’re sharing five common cancer symptoms that are dangerous for women to overlook.
Many women look out for the well-being of multiple people – including children, partners, friends and relatives. However, it is essential that you prioritize your own health, too – for yourself and for the people you love.
- Breast changes – It is always wise to have your doctor look at any lumps, skin dimpling, changes in your nipples or red skin on your breasts.
- Bloating – Bloating is very common in women and often harmless. However, if it persists for more than a week or two, or comes with weight loss or bleeding, it may be a sign of ovarian cancer.
- Bleeding in between periods – If you still get a period, report any spotting in between cycles to your doctor. If you are bleeding after menopause, it is essential to get checked out right away.
- Skin changes – Do not delay if you have a mole that changes shape, color or size. It is a common sign of quickly-advancing skin cancer.
- Blood in the stool or urine – Any unusual bleeding should be reported to a doctor, especially blood in your stool or urine that lasts more than a couple of days.
Other commonly-missed cancer symptoms among women include:
- Lymph node changes
- Unexpected weight loss without trying
- White or red patches in the mouth or on the lips
- Persistent coughing
- A long-lasting fever
- Difficulty swallowing
- A combination of belly pain and depression, which can sometimes indicate pancreatic cancer
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