If you want to get a proper and successful treatment, you will have to make sure to detect the cancer in the early stages.Every woman should get informed about the tell-tale signs and symptoms of cancer. If you want to live a long and healthy life, we recommend you to pay attention to the little changes on your body.
You should never ignore the following 15 symptoms of cancer:
- Red, sore and swollen breasts
You will have to consult your doctor immediately if you notice any unusual change in your breasts such as swelling or lump. You should take this symptom seriously because it could be a sign of breast cancer.
- Rectal bleeding, pain in your pelvic and abdominal region
Colorectal cancer is often accompanied by bleeding during defecation. On the other hand, if you are experiencing ovarian cancer, you are going to feel severe pain in your abdomen and pelvis. However, you should also know that the pain in your abdomen might be caused by leukemia.
- Swelling or lumps on your groin, neck and underarm area
You should definitely consult your doctor if you notice swelling or lumps on your groin, neck and underarm area. You should be concerned about these body changes because these changes in the lymphatic system could be an indication of cancer.
- Persistent cough, shortness of breath and chest pain
The main symptoms of leukemia and lung cancer are persistent coughs, chest pains and shortness of breath. We advise you to undergo cancer screening if you have taken medication for your persistent cough and it still does not pass.
- Skin changes
Immediately visit your doctor if you start to experience some skin changes because this can also be another cancer symptom. For example, if you have a mole and you notice some changes in its appearance (size, shape or color) take some actions as soon as possible.
- Having severe heartburn
Stress, consuming large amounts of food or drinking alcohol are some of the main factors that cause heartburn. If you want to take a proper care of your health, be more cautious and try to relax and change your eating and drinking habits. However, you may experience ovarian, stomach or even esophageal cancer if you are constantly feeling a severe heartburn.
- Unexplained fatigue
Consult your doctor if you have gotten proper rest but you still feel tired. You should be very careful since this is also one of the symptoms that indicate cancer.
- Heavy menstrual flow or unexplained bleeding between menstrual periods
Endometrial cancer and uterine cancer are associated with symptoms such as heavy bleeding during your monthly menstrual period and bleeding between your menstrual periods. If you experience some of these symptoms, consult a doctor immediately.
- Mouth changes
Immediately consult a doctor if you experience changes in your mouth because this could be a symptom of oral cancer. By changes we mean appearance of white spots on the inside of your mouth or even on the inside of your lips.
- Severe back pain
Bone, breast, brain and even lung cancer are associated with experiencing a severe pain in your back. If you do a proper treatment but your back pain does not go away, visit your doctor as soon as possible.
- Depression caused by a severe abdominal pain
The pancreatic cancer is associated with a severe abdominal pain that leads to depression. If you have this problem, visit your doctor as soon as possible.
- Color change in your fingernails
Lung cancer is often accompanied by a color change in the fingernails. You may experience the following color changes:
- Brown or black dot or streak
- Pale red or white
- Frequent fever or infections
Immediately consult your doctor if you frequently have a fever or infection. You should do that because leukemia can cause your body to have very high temperature.
- Unexplained weight loss
A defective thyroid gland can cause unexplained weight loss. However, you will have to consult a doctor if you experience unexplained weight loss because this could also be a symptom of lung, pancreatic or stomach cancer.
- Foul smelling vaginal discharge
Cervical cancer is often accompanied by experiencing a vaginal discharge that smells very awful. This foul smelling vaginal discharge usually comes up between your menstrual periods and may be accompanied by bleeding. Take care of yourself and consult your doctor