Routine tests alone, aren’t reliable for protecting you from cancer. Listening to your body and looking for anything that’s different, odd or unexplainable is just as important. Today, we’ll give you 20 signs that most women overlook.
Wheezing Or Shortness Of Breath
The inability to catch their breath is the first sign many lung cancer patients have.
Chronic Cough Or Chest Pain
Many types of cancer, such as lung cancer and leukemia, cause symptoms that are very similar to a bad cough or bronchitis. Many lung cancer patients have reported chest pain that extended to their shoulders or down their arms.
Frequent Fevers Or Infections
A sign associated with leukemia – a cancer of the blood cells that starts in the bone marrow. What leukemia does is it causes the marrow to produce abnormal white blood cells. This in turn stops your body’s infection-fighting capabilities.
A common sign associated with esophageal or throat cancer, difficulty with swallowing can also be a first sign for lung cancer.
Swollen Lymph Nodes Or Lumps On The Neck, Underarm, Or Groin
Swollen lymph nodes can indicate changes in the lymphatic system. This can also be a sign of cancer.
Excessive Bruising Or Bleeding That Doesn’t Stop
A symptom that usually suggests an abnormal happening with the platelets and red blood cells, it can be an indicator of leukemia. Leukemia cells crowd out red blood cells and platelets, and over time can impair your blood’s ability to carry oxygen.
Weakness And Fatigue
General fatigue and weakness can be an indicator of many kinds of cancer (according to other symptoms you’re experiencing). Any time you’re feeling tired and exhausted without explanation, you should talk to your doctor.
Bloating Or Abdominal Weight Gain
Many women suffering from ovarian cancer have reported unexplained abdominal bloating that came on fairly suddenly and continued on and off over a long period of time.
Feeling Full And Unable To Eat
Another sign of ovarian can be having no appetite, feeling full and being unable to eat, even though you haven’t eaten for some time.
Pelvic Or Abdominal Pain
Pelvic and abdominal cramps often go along with bloating. This can be a symptom of ovarian cancer. Abdominal pain, caused from an enlarged spleen, can also be a symptom of leukemia.
Rectal Bleeding Or Blood In Stool
A common sign of colorectal cancer. If your stool is bloody, immediately schedule an appointment with your doctor.
Unexplained Weight Loss
It can be an early sign of colon and other types of digestive cancers. It can also be a sign that your cancer has spread to your liver.
Upset stomach or stomachache
Frequent stomach upsets or stomach cramps are an indicator of colorectal cancer.
Red, Sore, Or Swollen Breasts
These symptoms are an indicator for breast cancer. If you’re experiencing changes to your breasts, immediately call your doctor.
Many women suffering from breast cancer have reported that prior to being diagnosed with breast cancer their nipples were flattened, inverted or tuned sideways.
Unusually heavy or painful periods or bleeding between periods
As many women claim, the tip-off to endometrial or uterine cancer is the unusual and heavy and painful periods. That is why if you suspect something more than a routine heavy period, you need to ask for a transvaginal ultrasound.
Swelling of facial features
Many patients that suffer from lung cancer claim they have swellings, redness or puffiness in the face. This usually happens because the small cell lung commonly block the blood vessels in the chest. This way they are preventing the blood from flowing freely from your head and face.
A sore or skin lump that doesn’t heal, becomes crusty, or bleeds easily
At this point you need to know all about different types of skin cancer, such as the melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. That is why you should always check your skin for odd-looking growths or spots.
Changes in nails
You should also know that unexplained changes to the fingernails can be a sign of several types of cancer. Therefore a brown or black streak or dot under the nail can be a skin cancer. Also you need to know that the so called “clubbing”, which is an enlargement of the ends of the fingers with nails that curve down over the tips, is usually a sign of lung cancer. In addition you must know that white and pale nails are usually a sign of liver cancer.
Pain in the back or lower right side
According to many patients this is the first sign of liver cancer. Back pain is usually a sign of breast cancer. Usually this type of cancer occurs when the breast tumor presses backward into the chest, or when the cancer spreads to the spine or ribs.