Most women are aware of the symptoms of breast cancer and most wise women get a yearly check-up to rule out breast cancer; or to catch it in its earliest stages.
Every woman and young girl is now part of the “pink ribbon” generation which has brought about breast cancer awareness. That has met with great success as it encourages early detection, good health habits, and has poured millions more into cancer research.
There was a time when few women had or died from lung cancer. It was thought to be more of a man’s cancer. However, with more women smoking and being exposed to sprays, chemicals, and other pollutants, they are fast catching up with the statistics of men.
Kathleen Doheny writer for WebMD has written an information list and explanation of fifteen different symptoms other than breast cancer that women should be aware of; and if they appear for more than two weeks should be checked out by her private physician.
If after a cursory exam, her doctor feels she should have more tests or should be referred to another specialist, she should not be alarmed. As they say, “A stitch in time saves nine.”
Most of the time there are other explanations for why these symptoms have persisted. But it is also, “Better safe than sorry.”
Many young women feel that they will not get cancer at an early age; but they can be wrong as well. Even small children get cancer.
Sticking one’s head in the sand and ignoring serious symptoms is not wise and can result in later diagnosis and more serious consequences and even death.
Ms. Doheny reports the following symptoms on WebMD which women should pay close attention to as well as symptoms of breast cancer.
Fifteen symptoms that women possibly ignore:
No. 1: Unexplained Weight Loss
No. 2: Bloating
No. 3: Breast Changes
No. 4: Between-Period Bleeding or Other Unusual Bleeding
No. 5: Skin Changes
No. 6: Difficulty Swallowing
No. 7: Blood in the Wrong Place
No. 8: Gnawing Abdominal Pain and Depression
No. 9: Indigestion
No. 10: Mouth Changes
No. 11: Pain
No. 12: Changes in the Lymph Nodes
No. 13: Fever
No. 14: Fatigue
No. 15: Persistent Cough
Three steps to follow:
1. Be aware of your own body
2. Note anything that is different
3. Follow up with appropriate doctor if concerned
Follow this link to this article and check out each symptom in more detail; and if you suspect that any of this applies to your health, you should seek medical advice as soon as possible.
It should be noted that having any of these symptoms or several does not necessarily mean that cancer is lurking about; but it means that these symptoms can sometimes be cancer or early warning signs the cancer cells are multiplying somewhere.
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