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Best Life: Signs of cancer that women ignore

Updated: May. 12, 2021 at 7:37 AM CDT
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ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- In the U.S., one in every three women will develop some type of cancer during her lifetime. Spotting the signs early on can save lives, but there are some that women tend to ignore. Ivanhoe reports on symptoms you shouldn’t dismiss.

About 8.5 million women around the world develop cancer each year. Do you know the signs to look out for?

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. You should never ignore color or texture changes in the skin around your breast, or nipple. Itching, burning or pain can also be red flags. And, if you feel a lump, get checked out!

“We also recommend women to have a physician breast exam beginning or the end around age 25 on an annual basis,” recommended Thomas Samuel, MD, an oncologist at Cleveland Clinic Florida.

Abnormal vaginal bleeding is another symptom to take seriously. More than 90 percent of women diagnosed with endometrial cancer experience this problem. Bloating, indigestion and pelvic pressure can be signs of ovarian or uterine cancer.

Also, don’t ignore chronic coughing. It could signal lung cancer which is the leading cause of cancer death in women. Unexplained weight loss, loss of appetite and chronic fatigue are also symptoms of various types of cancer. And never ignore skin changes, especially if a mole changes in size, shape or color. Rates of melanoma skin cancer have been increasing, especially in younger women.

“We have to stress regular checkups, we have to stress routine screening, we have to stress to trust the medical system,” stated Brian Slomovitz, MD, a gynecological oncologist with Broward Health.

Blood in the stool and a change in bowel habits, such as persistent diarrhea or constipation, are other symptoms to take seriously. They could be indicators of colorectal cancer.

Contributors to this news report include: Julie Marks, Producer; and, Roque Correa, Editor.

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