September is National Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month, and luckily for women, these cancers have some pretty serious warning signs.
Gynecological cancer, which includes cancer of the endometrium, cervix, ovary, vagina and vulva, affects about 106,000 women every year. Although common, these cancers are incredibly treatable when diagnosed early. However, the problem is that many women do not recognize the early signs of gynecological cancer. Because women’s bodies are constantly responding to variables such as diet or menstrual cycles, these noticeable changes in their bodies are initially misinterpreted. A visit to the doctor is often forgotten or delayed, which delays the time between cancer development and treatment.
Sometimes it can be difficult to determine what is a natural change in a woman’s body and what is a warning sign. To detect gynecological cancer as soon as possible, women with any of these five warning signs should see a doctor immediately.
There are many warning signs that happen below the belt. If anything seems unusual, women should seek medical attention immediately. Some of the most common signs that something is wrong are abnormal bleeding, blood-tinged vaginal discharge, pelvic (or abdominal) pain, or changes in toileting habits. Changes in stool and urinary frequency can certainly be related to diet, so it is important to be aware of changes that occur without dietary variables.
Similarly, all changes “above”
Breast changes are not a sign of gynecological cancer, but are usually the first sign of breast cancer. More than 279,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, and finding a growth or skin change can significantly reduce the chances of the cancer spreading.
Unexplained weight loss
Some say the weight varies from five to six kilos daily. Nobody expects the weight to fluctuate by 10 kilos a day. If a woman experiences rapid weight loss, this is a strong warning that something is wrong. Unexpected weight loss that cannot be related to an exercise program or diet should be a reason to see a doctor. Such weight loss can be a sign of cancer, as well as other serious diseases.
Life can be exhausting and some weeks are a trial. However, if this overwhelming feeling of fatigue lasts for a long time, it can be a warning sign that something is wrong. Fatigue can be a sign of cancer. A timely visit to the doctor not only improves your life, but can also save it.
Loss of appetite is a sign that something is wrong. Ovarian cancer and other non-gynecological cancers often have this symptom. Constant indigestion or nausea can also be a warning sign of cancer. If these sensations last longer than usual, it is important to see a doctor immediately.