We have a tendency to downplay or outright ignore warning signs that something might be wrong with our bodies, in the hopes that it is nothing serious and will end up going away on its own. While understandable that we don’t want to run to the doctor immediately upon any seemingly minor issue cropping up, this can be very dangerous when it comes to cancer. As early detection is directly correlated to our cancer survival rates, it’s imperative to pay attention to the potential warning signs and catch the disease as early as possible. To help with that, we’ve compiled a list of 9 Symptoms That Could Be Warning Women of Cancer, to help point you towards the symptoms that shouldn’t be ignored.
Bloating is the kind of symptom that often gets downplayed or ignored, as women are all too familiar with that feeling during their menstrual cycles. However, it’s one that definitely shouldn’t be. That’s because several types of cancers can lead to bloating, including colon, uterine, and ovarian cancers. In the case of colon cancer, bloating may, in fact, be the only noticeable symptom, unless it’s located at the end of the colon, in which case there could be bleeding and constipation as well. If bloating persists past that time of the month, it should not be brushed aside.
8. Extreme Weight Loss
While a sudden, otherwise unexplainable weight loss could be seen as a blessing for those struggling to control their weight, it could, unfortunately, be due to cancer. Ovarian and stomach cancers can both lead to a loss of appetite and a feeling of fullness after eating only small amounts of food, which can lead to rapid weight loss. These symptoms can be caused either by tumors that press against the intestines, which makes one feel full or by the tumors secreting a substance that diminishes one’s appetite.