Cancer is one of the most deadly diseases. There are many types of cancer, like blood cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer, brain cancer, breast cancer, liver cancer and bone cancer etc. If we talk only about women, then they are more likely to get breast, cervical, colorectal, endometrial and ovarian cancer. An estimated 18.1 million cancer cases were reported worldwide in the year 2020. Of these, 9.3 million cases were in men and 8.8 million were in women. If women have cancer, apart from periods, symptoms like bleeding, fatigue, loss of appetite and pain in the pelvic area may be seen. In this article, we will talk in detail about the symptoms seen in women when they have cancer -

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  1. Symptoms Of Cancer In Women
  2. Summary
Doctors for Unveiling the Warning Signs: Understanding Symptoms of Cancer in Women

The body continuously produces cells. These cells grow and divide as per the needs of the body. As their age increases, cells start getting damaged. Then new cells are formed in their place, but in case of cancer, the old cells are not damaged and new cells also continue to be formed. These extra cells start growing and dividing abnormally, which becomes cancer. Women have the highest risk of breast cancer and cervical cancer. Come, let us know about the various symptoms of cancer in women -

Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding Due To Cancer

Bleeding other than periods or during sex can be a sign of cervical and vaginal cancer. Additionally, more than 90 percent of women suffering from endometrial cancer also experience irregular bleeding. Even after menopause, bleeding or spotting may occur in women with cancer. If the vaginal discharge is dark, smelly and blood-coloured, it can also be a sign of cervical, vaginal and endometrial cancer.

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Abdominal Pain in Women Due To Cancer

You may feel pain or discomfort in the stomach due to gas, indigestion and bloating. Apart from this, pain is also felt in these areas due to menstruation. At the same time, if there is pain or pressure in the stomach, pelvic and back for a long time, then it can be a sign of many types of cancer. This includes colorectal, ovarian and endometrial cancer. Tumor in the spine can also cause pain in the lower back. If the pain in the upper abdomen spreads to the back, along with continuous weight loss, then it can be a symptom of pancreatic cancer.

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Breast Swelling in Women Due To Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women. Lump in the breast or armpit, changes in the skin of the breasts, abnormalities in the nipple are also symptoms of breast cancer. In case of breast cancer, the following changes may be seen in the breasts of women -

Every lump in the breast or armpit does not mean cancer. Still, these symptoms should not be ignored. Therefore, the doctor's opinion must be taken without any delay.

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Changes In Bowel Movement Due To Cancer

Changes in bowel movements can be a sign of colorectal cancer. It affects the rectum and colon. Symptoms of colorectal cancer can be piles, irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease. Some women also mistake the symptoms of colorectal cancer as premenstrual syndrome. If there is a change in bowel movement, the following symptoms may appear -

If there is a tumor in or near the intestine, there may be more or less bowel movements than normal. This can happen when there is cancer in the pelvis or vagina.

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Stomach Pain in Women Due To Cancer

It is normal to feel bloated before menstruation or after eating a heavy meal. At the same time, if you feel swelling or bloating in the stomach continuously for a few weeks, then you should immediately consult a doctor. This could be a sign of ovarian or some other type of cancer. In case of ovarian cancer, one may feel swelling as well as pressure in the stomach. In this situation the stomach may feel excessively full.

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Painful And Frequent Urination in Women Due To Cancer

Many women can be affected by urinary tract infection. At the same time, the problem of urination can sometimes be a sign of some serious diseases. Changes in urination may be a sign of urinary tract infection or cancer. In case of cancer, such changes can be seen in urine -

  • Pressure On Bladder
  • Pain Or Burning While Urinating
  • Frequent Urination
  • Sudden Urination
  • Problem Emptying The Bladder

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Weight Loss in Women Due To Cancer

If you lose weight by exercising or eating healthy, it actually helps reduce the risk of cancer. At the same time, if there is continuous weight loss without any reason, then it can be a symptom of cancer. Most women may lose weight when they have cancer. If you lose more than 4.5 kg of weight, you should talk to a doctor. Because weight loss can also occur due to cancer. Loss of appetite can also be a sign of cancer in women.

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Skin Problems in Women Due To Cancer

Skin cancer may look like a mole, which grows larger. It may also appear as a wound, which does not heal. These marks may appear like red spots. In this situation it is necessary to contact a doctor. To prevent skin cancer, pay attention to all parts of your body.

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There are some cancers which occur only in women and the symptoms seen in this condition are also different. In this article we have talked about these symptoms. Seeing one or more of these symptoms does not necessarily mean that there is cancer. If these symptoms persist for two weeks or more, get checked by a doctor. Only doctors can tell through examination whether a woman has cancer or not.

Dr. Akash Dhuru

Dr. Akash Dhuru

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