15 Cancer Symptoms Women Are Likely to Ignore
Women’s bodies are always changing. Sometimes changes that seem normal can be signs of cancer, though.
So, what should you watch for?
1. Postmenopausal bleeding
– if you suddenly start period-like bleeding again, and it’s consistent, it could be an early warning sign of uterine cancer.
2. Breast dimpling, discoloration, or other changes
– if you notice the skin of your breast becoming dimpled, a nipple inverting, swelling, tenderness, or slight discoloration of the skin to a deeper red or pink, it could be cause for concern.
if you notice you’re still bloated after your cycle finishes or you feel consistently constipated, it could be a symptom of ovarian cancer or uterine cancer.
4. Abnormal periods or pelvic pain
– if your flow suddenly becomes significantly heavier month after month, if you start bleeding between periods, or if you have pelvic pain, ask your doctor for a transvaginal ultrasound to check for uterine, ovarian, or other vaginal cancers.
5. Chronic coughing
– if you develop a cough that lasts three weeks or more and you don’t have other symptoms that usually accompany a cold or allergies, like a stuffy nose, it could be an early symptom of lung cancer.
6. Stomach pain or nausea
– if you notice persistent stomach cramps or are suddenly nauseous all the time and it’s not getting better, see a doctor.
7. Frequent fevers or infection
– if you’re usually healthy but notice yourself getting sick or feverish more frequently, it could be an early sign of leukemia.
8. Difficulty swallowing
– if you notice it persists for a few weeks and gets worse, see your doctor.
9. Excessive bruising
– if you start to notice bruises popping up all the time, especially in strange places like your hands or fingers, it should raise an alarm.
10. Unexplained weight loss
– if you have less appetite when you usually have a good appetite, and there’s no big life event or problems happening to cause that, get it checked out.
11. Persistent fatigue
– if you notice you’re tired every day for more than a month, or experience shortness of breath when you didn’t before, see a doctor.
12. Chronic headaches
– if you’re not prone to migraines and never get headaches, but suddenly find yourself popping ibuprofen every day, it could be a symptom of a brain tumor, which causes pain by pressing on nerves.
13. Blood in the stool
– blood in a bowel movement is never normal, so get it checked out.”
14. Noticeable skin changes
– if you notice a mole getting darker, larger, or becoming raised, get it checked out.
15. Sores or pain in the mouth
– if they persist for longer than two weeks, the American Cancer Society suggests seeing a doctor.