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20 Early Cancer Warning Signs Every Woman Needs To STOP Ignoring!


Women are most often affected by cancers of the breast, lung, endometrial, cervix and ovarian and skin. 

Knowing what to look out for and being able to tell some of the warning signs can help you to prevent them. Its always best to analyze the warning signs or realise them early (when they are small and easier to treat).

The overall chance of beating cancer increases the earlier they are found. Mammograms and other radiation based techniques are not always fully reliable and potentially harmful ways to detect them.

It’s just as important to listen to your body and notice any changes, anything diff, odd, or unexplainable as it is to get it checked over by your physician. Here are some signs that are commonly overlooked:

1. Chronic Cough Or Chest Pain

Leukemia and lung tumors, can often have symptoms that mimic a bad cough or bronchitis. Some lung cancer patients report chest pain that extends up into the shoulder or down the arm.

2. Wheezing Or Shortness Of Breath

Many lung cancer patients often remember noticing that the first sign is the inability to catch their breath

3. Frequent Fevers Or Infections

These can be signs of leukemia, a cancer of the blood cells that starts in the bone marrow. Leukemia causes the marrow to produce abnormal white blood cells, sapping your body’s infection-fighting capabilities.

4. Difficulty Swallowing

Trouble swallowing is most commonly associated with esophageal or throat cancer, and can often be one of the first signs of lung cancer, too.

5. Excessive Bruising Or Bleeding That Doesn’t Stop

This would normally suggest something is happening within the platelets and red blood cells a sign of leukemia. 

Leukemia cells can over time crowd out red blood cells and platelets. This impairs your blood’s ability to carry oxygen and clot.

6. Swollen Lymph Nodes, Lumps On The Neck, Underarm, Or Groin

Enlarged lymph nodes indicate changes in the lymphatic system, which can be a sign of cancer.

7. Weakness And Fatigue

Generalized fatigue and weakness is a symptom of so many different kinds of cancer that you’ll need to look at it in combination with other symptoms. But any time you feel exhausted without explanation and it doesn’t respond to getting more sleep, talk to your doctor.

8. Bloating Or Abdominal Weight Gain

Women diagnosed with ovarian cancer overwhelmingly report unexplained abdominal bloating that came on fairly suddenly and continued on and off over a long period of time.

9. Feeling Full And Unable To Eat

Another potential symptom of ovarian cancer; women say they have no appetite and can’t eat, even when they haven’t eaten for some time.

10. Pelvic Or Abdominal Pain

Pain and cramping in the pelvis and abdomen mixed with bloating, often signals ovarian cancer. Leukemia can also cause abdominal pain resulting from an enlarged spleen.

11. Rectal Bleeding Or Blood In Stool

This is a common result of diagnosing colorectal cancer. Blood in the toilet alone is reason to call your doctor and schedule a colonoscopy.

12. Unexplained Weight Loss

Weight loss is an early sign of colon and other digestive cancers; it’s also a sign of cancer that’s spread to the liver, affecting your appetite and the ability of your body to rid itself of wastes.

13. Upset Stomach Or Stomachache

Stomach cramps or frequent upset stomachs may indicate colorectal cancer.

14. A Red, Sore, Or Swollen Breast

These symptoms can indicate inflammatory breast cancer. Call your doctor about any unexplained changes to your breasts.

15. Unusually Heavy, Painful Periods Or Bleeding Between Periods

Many women report this as the tip-off to endometrial or uterine cancer. Ask for a trans-vaginal ultrasound if you suspect something more than routine heavy periods.

16. Nipple Changes

Nipples that begin to appear flattened, inverted, or turned sideways is a sure sign that you should get checked by a physician for breast cancer.

17. Swelling Of Facial Features

Lung cancer patients have report noticing redness and puffiness in the neck and face and swelling in the throat. Small cell lung tumors can block blood vessels in the chest and prevent blood from flowing freely from your head and face.

18. Sore Or Skin Lump That Doesn’t Heal, Becomes Crusty, Or Bleeds Easily

Be vigilant about checking skin all over your body for odd-looking growths or spots. Get to know the difference between a normal mole and a cancerous one. Melanomas often start as moles on the body.

19. Pain In The Back Or Lower Right Side

Many cancer patients say this was the first sign of liver cancer. Breast cancer is also often diagnosed via back pain, which can occur when a breast tumor presses backward into the chest, or when the cancer spreads to the spine or ribs.

20. Changes In Nails

Unexplained changes to the fingernails can be a sign of several types of cancer: 

A brown or black streak or dot under the nail can indicate skin cancer.

Enlargement of the ends of the fingers with nails that curve down over the tips can be a sign of lung cancer. 

Pale or white nails can sometimes be a sign of liver cancer.

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