Top Cancer Symptoms in Women
There are many types of cancer which
can affect different parts of the body. Some of these types are
also largely confined to women. Since cancer is most effectively
treatable in its earliest stages, it is very important to be aware of some of the top cancer symptoms in women
so that potential problems which affect mostly women can be identified, diagnosed and treated
properly. So let’s review and describe some of the top cancer
symptoms in women as follows:
loss. There is normally no reason for the body to
lose weight unless a change in diet or activity ensues. If you experience a rather significant degree of weight loss
not attributable to these factors, it may be indicative of a larger problem. As cancer progresses, it can rob the body of essential
nutrients which can result in weight loss.
Bloating is often an everyday
occurrence with women at one time or another during the month. However bloating which is persistent and continues for more than a
few weeks may indicate the presence of ovarian cancer. It
should be immediately investigated and a proper diagnosis made.
Changes in the breast do not
normally happen without good reason. If you find the
presence of a lump or if there is a change in your nipple size or shape then this may be of
concern. Also check to see if there is any unusual
discharge from one of the nipples. It may be a milky or
bloody composition. This is not a normal situation and
bears further testing and evaluation. Most breast cancers
can be effectively treated if they are diagnosed or treated in the earliest stages. Therefore if you experience any of these symptoms, don’t just ignore
bleeding. If you have gone through menopause and
experience persistent and unusual bleeding, this should be of concern. Or for those who have not yet gone through menopause, any large
changes in the menstrual cycle of heavy bleeding between periods should be checked into
Changes in the
skin. Any moles, warts or skin patches which change
color, shape or feel may indicate a potential skin cancer problem. Skin cancer is normally one of the easiest cancers to treat
effectively. But these kinds of changes can indicate
the onset of melanoma which is a much more serious and potentially deadly form of skin
cancer. So these observed changes need further
If you are having difficulty
swallowing this may be indicative of a problem with esophageal cancer. This type of problem is not normally experienced so its emergence
deserves further investigation.
Blood which is present in places
where it should not normally be is an area of concern. For
example if you find the presence of blood in your urine or stool this may be of
concern. And while the presence of blood in the
urine may be caused by a urinary tract infection or blood in the stool from hemorrhoids, it is
serious enough to warrant further investigation by your doctor.
And if you find that you have
persistent abdominal pain coupled with depression, it has been found that this can be linked to the
presence of pancreatic cancer. This is a serious symptom
and should not be ignored.
Indigestion for no apparent reason
is something of concern. It may be indicative of cancer of
the esophagus, stomach or throat.
Many women experience some type of
pain at various times. However if they begin to notice a
persistent amount of pain which does not seem to abate or go away, this is also something which bears
further review by your doctor.
And as we have said
earlier, many of these symptoms may be caused by other things like infections or non-threatening
illnesses. However they have all been linked to different types of
cancers which can affect most women. These symptoms should
therefore never be ignored and a proper examination and diagnosis is almost always warranted. Give yourself the best opportunity to treat the cancer which may affect you in
the earliest possible stage but paying close attention to these warning signs.