Today, when cancer is one of the most common diseases worldwide, it’s not enough to rely on regular doctor checkups and tests to protect yourself and your loved ones from cancer. Instead, try to carefully listen to your own body and look for signs and symptoms that seem different than usual. Many cancer signs manifest as symptoms of other diseases, but if you know your body, you’ll spot the difference.
Here are 10 cancer signs that most women ignore, thinking they’re just symptoms of other, much less dangerous conditions.
1. Breast changes
Thanks to the fluctuating hormones, most women’s breasts tend to change their size a little throughout the month. However, if you notice unusual lumps, discoloration or nipple changes, go to your doctor.
2. Bleeding after menopause
A lot of women will experience some light spotting after they’ve gone through menopause. But if you experience an actual period bleeding a few times, immediately go to your gynecologist.
3. Abdominal pain and bloating
Some bloating from time to time is normal, but prolonged bloating accompanied with pain can be a sign of ovarian, uterine or other cancer. Talk to your doctor.
4. Swollen lumps on groin, underarm or neck
If you notice swollen lumps or nodes on these parts of your body, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor. If you notice they’re not a fluke and are actually not disappearing even after a few days, it’s time to see your doctor and get checked and tested.
5. Unusual skin changes
Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers globally, but also one of the trickiest to catch. This is because many people ignore various skin cancer signs: moles growing, changing color, becoming raised, scabs that won’t heal… all of these can be a sign.
6. Excessive or unexplained bruising
If you notice bruises popping up everywhere, especially in uncommon places such as hands, fingers, neck – go to your doctor. Excessive bruising can be a sign of leukemia.
7. Chronic coughing or shortness of breath
Getting a cold here and there is normal, but if you develop a cough doesn’t seem to go away even after a few weeks but you don’t experience any other symptoms of a cold – it could be a sign of lung cancer.
8. Difficulty swallowing
A persistent sore and painful throat that prevents you from swallowing properly can be a sign of throat or lung cancer. Go see your doctor.
9. Unexplained weight loss
If you’re not trying to lose weight but you notice a lack of appetite and weight loss, it may be time to see your doctor. Unexplained weight loss can be a sign of many cancers.
Feeling a bit tired and sleepy from time to time is normal, but if you’re feeling tired for months, it could be something serious. Leukemia and lymphoma are known to cause chronic fatigue.