Gynecologic cancers may not be on your radar. But if you are a woman, they should be. That’s true even if you are relatively young and healthy. the signs of gynecologic cancers can be vague and similar to those of other conditions. So, no matter how young or old you are, it’s important to know what to look for. That way, if these symptoms do appear, you can alert your doctor right away. After all, recognizing the symptoms may increase your odds of finding cancer early, when its most treatable. Below are the gynecologic cancer symptoms that every woman should be on the lookout for.
Abnormal vaginal bleeding.
More than 90% of women diagnosed with endometrial cancer experience irregular bleeding. If you have already undergone menopause, any bleeding, spotting included should be evaluated. Havenot gone through menopause yet? See your doctor if you experience bleeding between periods, heavy bleeding or bleeding during sex.
Unexplained weight loss.
If you’re overweight or obese, losing weight by exercising and making healthier food choices can actually help curb your cancer risks. But if you suddenly lose more than 10 pounds without changing your diet or exercise habits, talk to your doctor.
Vaginal discharge colored with blood.
Bloody, dark or smelly discharge is usually a sign of infection. But sometimes, it’s a sign of cervical or endometrial cancer.
A busy week can wear anyone out. But in most cases, a little rest should cure your fatigue. If fatigue is interfering with your work or leisure activities, stop blaming your hectic life and see your doctor.
Does one of your legs look or feel swollen for no apparent reason? This may be a sign of cervical cancer. Typically, though, a swollen leg isn’t a sign of cancer unless you also have pain, discharge or other cervical cancer symptoms.
A bloated belly
It is common to feel bloated after eating or drinking a lot, especially during your menstrual cycle. But if you feel bloated for more than two weeks or after your period ends, this could be a sign of ovarian cancer.
Persistent indigestion or nausea.
Ocasionally, persistent indigestion or nausea can signal gynecologic cancers. Play it safe, and see your doctor if you feel queasy more often than usual.