7. Persistent nausea: If one feels queasy often and for a few consecutive weeks without any significant change in lifestyle and diet habits then it would be a good idea to see a doctor.
8. Vaginal discharge with traces of blood: Younger fertile women should be wary of heavy bleeding, bleeding between two successive periods and bleeding during vaginal intercourse. It is a signal to get the bleeding checked.
Older women who have undergone menopause should not take any bleeding, including spotting lightly, and must have it checked out.
9. Abnormal vaginal discharge: If you notice that the vaginal discharge at any age is dark, includes spots of blood, or has an offensive odour, it would be smart to seek a gynaecologist’s appointment.
10. Lower abdominal pain: Pain in the pelvic region or pressure can point to uterine cancer. Persistent discomfort that feels like gas, acidity, bloating, cramps or spasm may signify ovarian cancer.
As per Therese Bevers, M.D., medical director of MD Anderson’s Cancer Prevention Center, “Remember, having one or more of these symptoms doesn't mean you have cancer, but if they last two weeks or longer, see your doctor. After all, it's better to be safe than sorry.” (2)
1. Ten Gynaecologic Cancer Symptoms Women Shouldn’t Ignore; Science Daily; January 2012; http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120105161748.htm
2. Ten gynaecologic cancer symptoms women shouldn’t ignore; University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center ; January 2012; http://www.mdanderson.org/newsroom/news-releases/2012/cancersymptomswomen.html
INFORMATION IN THIS ARTICLE IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE. ALL INFORMATION GIVEN IS TO BE CHECKED WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE IMPLEMENTING OR TAKING THEM AS STANDARD OR VERIFIED.
Mamta Singh is a published author of the books Migraines for the Informed Woman – Tips From A Sufferer: ISBN: 978-81-291-1517-1 (Publisher: Rupa & Co.