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10 Cancer Symptoms Women Should Be Aware Of: MD Anderson Center

 
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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)

SOURCES:

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.

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Dear Anonymous Thank you for sharing information on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Knowledge is empowerment. Best Regards, Mamta February 10, 2012 - 11:44am
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This is an excellent article because many times doctors dismiss common, undifferentiated symptoms as trivial or all in the patient's head.

The suggestion that extreme fatigue persisting for at least a month could be chronic fatigue syndrome, also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis, (ME/CFS) is a good one. To be even more precise in order to be diagnosed with ME/CFS the patient must have post exertional exhaustion lasting 24 hours or more and unrelieved by rest. ME/CFS patients need not run a marathon for this specific form of fatigue. Doing the dishes or walking the dog can bring it on.

ME/CFS is far more than just post exertional exhaustion unrelieved by rest. It must be part of a specific pattern that includes substantial memory and concentration problems as well. Other parts of the necessary pattern of symptoms may include muscle aches, sore throat, swollen lymph glands, headaches of a new type, pattern, or severity and unrefreshing sleep.

Cancer if caught soon enough can be treated and possibly cured. There is no cure for ME/CFS and no treatments that work for all patients.

February 10, 2012 - 7:06am
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