TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – A woman’s body undergoes many changes throughout life, from childbirth, menstruation to its peak with menopause. These changes often cause certain symptoms, but that does not mean women stop daily activities. So often experience symptoms due to body changes, women often ignore signals of serious illnesses such as cancer.
Many women are diagnosed with cancer. In order not to multiply, recognizing the early symptoms can avoid the severity of most cancers. The earlier it is detected, the sooner treatment is carried out.
Some of the most common cancers woman are in the breast, colorectal, lung, cervix, endometrium, and skin. Here are some common signs of cancer that every woman should look out for.
1. Don’t ignore anything that looks unusual on the skin
Do not ignore small pimples, purple lesions, crusty, scaly, bleeding patches of skin. If it doesn’t go away within a few days, see a doctor immediately for a diagnosis. Women often ignore small bumps on the skin and assume it will return to normal.
If you find a hard lump on your eyelid or a waxy layer of skin that doesn’t heal on its own within a few days, it is advisable to consult a doctor as early as possible. Much of the problem lies beneath it.
2. Back pain that doesn’t go away with massage
During menstruation or menopause, women often experience pain every month. Pain often appears due to menstruation, but if it lasts a long time, don’t ignore it. Pain in the upper abdominal area is one of the signs of pancreatic cancer whereas tumors in the spine can cause terrible pain in the lower back.
3. Dispose of large irregular ait
Occasional constipation is normal. But if you have irregular bowel movements on a regular basis, this could be an early sign of colorectal cancer. Another reason why this sign can be overlooked is that many women feel constipated, bloated and bowel changes during the pre-menstrual time. So, if it lasts longer with signs like change in stool color, lethargy, weight loss, one should consult a doctor.
4. Problems urinating
Women tend to have frequent urinary tract infections, this is what causes changes in urination patterns more often. If the infection recurs, you should consult a doctor because it could be a sign of kidney cancer.
5. Changes in the breast
Breast cancer is a type of cancer that often occurs in women. According to experts, lumps in the armpit or collarbone, discharge from the nipples, inward nipples, orange-looking skin, pain in the breast or nipples, itchy skin around the nipples and breasts are considered as the main symptoms of cancer. Get early checkups with regular mammograms to recognize these symptoms early.
6. Bleeding or discharge between periods
If there is blood or odor that comes out of the body between menstrual cycles, it is advisable to immediately see a doctor. Vaginal discharge before menstruation, although common in women, should be handled with care. Smelly stools from the body are often a sign of cervical, vaginal or endometrial cancer.
7. Cough constantly
Persistent cough is associated with several diseases and the least known relationship with cancer. Instead of self-diagnosing, visit a doctor and do a full body exam. Cough that lasts a long time is a sign of lung cancer.
8. Difficulty swallowing
The most common symptoms of mouth, throat or esophagus cancer are difficulty swallowing or feeling a large lump in the throat. Many people often think of it as acid reflux. However, if this condition persists and doesn’t go away with acid reflux treatment, properly check the food passages, throat, and mouth.
9. Frequent earache
One of the symptoms of tongue or mouth cancer is ear pain without infection. So if using ear drops can’t treat the pain, check your body in more detail.
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