14 Symptoms of Cancer That Are Commonly Ignored as “Harmless”

The female body changes throughout life, and this is completely normal. Sometimes changes that we think are normal can be signs of cancer. That is why we need to pay attention to our body so that we can notice when something is wrong. According to Robyn Andersen, a doctor at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, to be able to notice the symptoms of cancer, one must watch for the following changes:

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1. Bloating.

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If the bloating does not go away over time, or if it is accompanied by weight loss or bleeding, see a doctor. Constant bloating could be a sign of cancer, including of the breasts, colon, pancreas, or uterus.

2. A change in the breasts.

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Most breast lumps are not cancerous, but your doctor should always check them out. So, if you notice the appearance of dimples or folds in the skin, breast discharge, or redness of your nipples or breasts, see a doctor.

3. Bleeding between menstrual cycles.

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Bleeding that is not part of your regular monthly cycle can have many causes, and your doctor should not rule out endometrial cancer (cancer of the inner lining of your uterus). In addition, bleeding after menopause is never normal and should be checked right away.

4. Skin changes.

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A change in the size, shape or color of moles, as well as the development of new spots are signs of skin cancer.

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5. Blood in your urine or stool.

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If the bleeding lasts more than a day, see a doctor. Blood in the stool may indicate that you have either hemorrhoids or colon cancer. Blood in the urine, in turn, is often the first sign of cancer of the bladder or kidneys.

6. Changes in the lymph nodes.

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Lymph nodes are small, bean-shaped clumps that are found throughout our body. Although most changes in the lymph nodes are caused by infections, some cancers, including leukemia and lymphoma, can also cause the lymph nodes to swell or sensitize.

7. Problems with swallowing.

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When you have trouble swallowing, vomit, or lose weight for a long time, it could mean that you have stomach or throat cancer. To check this, go to your doctor.  

8. Weight loss without any cause.

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Most women want their extra kilograms to magically disappear. But losing 4 kg or more without a change in your diet or your sports habits (if you have any) could signal a problem related to stress, to your thyroid or even be a sign of cancer (colon, stomach, pancreas ...).

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9. Heartburn.

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Too much food, alcohol, or too much stress can cause severe heartburn. If after changing your diet your heartburn does not go away or even gets worse, talk to your doctor. This can be a symptom of stomach or throat cancer.

10. Changes in the mouth.

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If you smoke, be careful if you see yellow, gray, white, or bright red patches in your mouth or on your lips. You could also have canker sores. The presence of these symptoms may indicate that you have oral cancer. So ask your doctor or dentist to do some tests.

11. A constant fever.

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A fever that does not go away and the origin of which cannot be explained may indicate the presence of leukemia or another blood cancer.

12. Continuous fatigue.

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Many women are tired from their busy lives. But extreme and continuous fatigue is not normal. Talk to your doctor about this problem if your fatigue does not go away, or if you experience other symptoms, such as blood in your stool.

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13. A permanent cough.

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Most people stop coughing within 3 to 4 weeks. But if you cough for longer and notice the presence of blood, go to the doctor. Cough is the most common symptom of lung cancer.

14. Unexplainable pain.

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Continuous pain (lasting more than a month) and quite inexplicable may mean the presence of cancer of the bones, brain or other organs.

We hope this list will help you monitor changes in your body and not miss the onset of this awful disease. But anyway, we wish you never have to face cancer.

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