9 Symptoms of cancer in women that they usually neglect

Women tend to ignore their health compared to men and they ignore symptoms until it becomes absolutely intolerable. But what we must remember is ‘to each, her own’; if we don’t care about our health, we sure can’t expect someone else to do that.


Some types or symptoms of cancer are unique to women and there are other early symptoms that are easily brushed off. Here are some important and early symptoms of cancer in women that they must never ever neglect.

1 Shortness of breath

Shortness of breath is not a usual thing; there is a difference between unexplained shortness of breath and what you feel after a heavy workout. Shortness of breath is an early sign of lung cancer and if you are unable to catch your breath, make sure you visit a doctor soon.

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2 Frequent fevers

Frequent fevers can be an early sign of leukaemia. Leukaemia causes marrow to increasingly produce white blood cells that are abnormal. This also reduces the red blood cells count and affects immunity. If you are falling sick most of the times, there is something wrong with your immune system.

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3 Change in nipples

One of the most common and early signs of breast cancer is the change in nipples. Women diagnosed with breast cancer recall that their nipples were deflated, inverted or faced sideways. A lot of women ignore it or don’t think much of it. Breast cancer can be cured completely in an early stage but you should look out for the signs.

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4 Weight loss

Unexplained weight loss can mean colon cancer or any other kind of digestive cancers which can even spread to your liver. The liver won’t be able to get rid of the waste of the body and this also means that your appetite will vanish. Sudden decrease in weight and loss of appetite are dangerous and can be one of the earliest symptoms of cancer in women, which should certainly not be overlooked.

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5 Weakness and fatigue

Weakness and fatigue can be a sign of many cancers; you should look for a combination of symptoms. If you are constantly fatigued without any reason, then watch out for other changes in your body and consult your doctor at the earliest as they can be early symptoms of cancer in women and even in men.

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6 Swollen breasts

Red and swollen or sore breasts mean you could have breast cancer. Many women ignore most things related to breasts and that increases the chances of getting breast cancer. Along with the swelling of breasts, look out for pain in shoulders and arms and if you experience both, consult your physician right away.

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7 Pelvic or abdominal pain

Pelvic or abdominal pain can mean ovarian cancer. These are not the usual menstrual cramps. You will experience shooting pain in your abdomen that starts suddenly. You could also feel dizzy or nauseous and if you are experiencing heavy and painful periods, it is time you consult your gynecologist and get yourself checked.

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8 Changes in nails

It is true that many women are keen on keeping their nails pretty but we mustn’t forget that nails are like mirrors to our health. Yes, it is true, the health of your nails tell the truth about your health. If your nails are weak, discoloured or even chipping without any cause, it could mean there is something very wrong with your health.

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9 Rectal bleeding

Rectal bleeding or blood in your stools can be an early sign of colorectal cancer. Blood in stool is never normal and if you spot blood in your stool or experience pain and discomfort while relieving yourself, get yourself examined without wasting a minute.

It is very important for women to pay attention to these symptoms and especially symptoms related to breast cancer and ovarian cancer as these are increasing immensely. Due to the stigma attached to women’s menstrual health, women shy away from talking about their discomfort. It is essential to pay attention to these symptoms of cancer as they can save our lives. If you have any doubts, consult your doctor and get them clarified. Don’t hesitate about something that could affect your life!

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