While women are considered to be more health-conscious than men, they’re still at risk of many serious health problems. Often, taking care of their work-life, homes as well as loved ones leaves them with little time and effort to pay good attention to themselves. As such, many women end up ignoring the changes occurring in their bodies and fall in the grip of many serious diseases. In this article, we will discuss some of the most common diseases faced by women.

  1. Common diseases in women
  2. Other common diseases in women
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Some of the most common health problems that women face are breast cancer, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), interstitial cystitis, ovarian cancer, cervical cancer and uterine fibroids. Let us know more about diseases below:

Breast cancer

Women can suffer from breast cancer due to the uncontrolled growth of breast cells. Usually, they invade healthy cells by entering the lobules and milk ducts. Gradually, it starts spreading to other parts of the body. In some cases, breast cancer starts affecting other tissues of the breast as well.

When suffering from this disease, lumps start forming around the breast or on the breast. Apart from this, symptoms like excessive pain in the breast or the surrounding area, red skin of the breast and rash on the nipple start appearing.

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Polycystic ovary syndrome

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a common reproductive disease in women that arises as a result of a hormone imbalance in the body. In the body of women suffering from PCOS, there is more secretion of male sex hormones (androgens) than is considered normal, due to which fluid-filled cysts may start forming in the ovaries.

Women suffering from PCOS have to deal with many physical and mental problems. In women with PCOS, the process of ovulation may begin to get interrupted. Due to this interruption, women may experience problems in pregnancy. Apart from this, women with PCOS are at higher risk of developing type-2 diabetes and obesity. Women with PCOS may experience symptoms like abdominal pain, pelvic pain, excessive hair growth on the face, chest, abdomen, thumb or toes, hair loss, acne, oily skin, dandruff and spots on the skin

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Interstitial cystitis

Interstitial cystitis is a chronic bladder condition that causes repeated discomfort or pain in the bladder or the surrounding pelvic region. In people suffering from this problem, there is usually swelling or irritation in the walls of the bladder. IC (Interstitial cystitis) can affect anyone; however, it is much more common in women compared to men.

If you have interstitial cystitis, you may experience mild discomfort in the abdomen or pelvis, frequent urination, increased urge to urinate, feeling of pressure on the abdomen or pelvis, severe pain in the bladder or pelvis, severe pain in the lower abdomen (which Intensifies when the bladder is filled or emptied), etc.

(Read more: Urinary tract and genital diseases)

Ovarian and cervical cancer

Ovarian and cervical cancer are common problems faced by women. There are many people who do not know the difference between ovarian and cervical cancer. Cervical cancer starts from the lower part of the uterus and ovarian cancer starts from the fallopian tubes. However, the symptoms of both conditions are very similar. In cervical cancer, discharge and pain are experienced during the course. On the other hand, in ovarian cancer, you may see symptoms like swelling in the abdomen, pressure and pain in the abdomen, frequent urination, irregularity in menstruation and pain during intercourse.

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Uterine fibroids

The problem of fibroids is very common in women. This is a non-cancerous tumour condition. Women may suffer from uterine fibroids due to hormonal changes in the body or genetic reasons. Fibroids are made up of muscle cells and tissues that grow in and around the wall of the uterus or womb. It is difficult to tell the exact cause of the problem of fibroids right now. However, the risk of developing fibroids becomes higher in those who are overweight and have genetic factors.

Severe pain or heavy flow during periods, feeling full in the lower abdomen, frequent urination, pain during sex, lower back pain, fertility problems (such as infertility and multiple miscarriages) may be experienced.

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Some other common diseases that occur in women are as follows:

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Keep in mind that diseases can develop in anyone’s body, so it's best to not ignore the changes that keep happening in your body. Whether it is a woman or a man, every person needs to be aware and in charge of their own health. Apart from this, choose to follow a good diet as it can prevent many types of diseases. If you notice any changes in your body, then contact your doctor immediately in order to avoid serious troubles in the future.

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