Posted on: November 24, 2018

There is no denying that a woman’s body goes through several changes during a normal life span. Typically, this may include hormonal changes which regulate a number of functions. However, there are many changes that may seem like hormonal changes, but are actually signs of female cancer.

This is where women need to pay attention to their body to notice any unusual changes. Any new symptoms or changes can be an indication that your body is actually not functioning normally.

Keeping this in mind, it is very important that you are able to identify the symptoms or changes in your body that might lead to serious diseases, like cancer. In this article, we have included information meant to guide you about the symptoms that may lead to various types of female cancers.

Types of female cancers

Uterine cancer

Uterine cancer is considered one of the most common female cancers, as approximately52,000 women are diagnosed every year in the United States. The number of cancer patients has drastically increased in past few decades. Women who are nulliparous — meaning women who have never given birth — comparatively suffer more from this disease than women with children.

Obesity, diabetes or inactive lifestyles are other reasons for hormonal imbalances. In addition to that, if you have more estrogen exposure than normal, it may also increase your risk of uterine cancer.

Symptoms

  • Heavier periods
  • Irregular bleeding
  • Post-menopausal bleeding
  • Discomfort during sexual intercourse

Prevention

Unfortunately, while there is no definite preventive measure for this type of female cancer, you may lower the risk by:

  • Taking birth control pills
  • Using an IUD device
  • Maintaining a healthy weight

Cervical cancer

Cervical cancer is another common type of female cancer, and is particularly common in young women. Typically, different strains of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), which are spread through sexual intercourse, can cause cervical cancer. Many women fight the infection, but the severe stage leads to cervical cancer.

Symptoms

  • Irregular bleeding
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Pelvic pain
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Post-menopausal bleeding

Prevention

Regular screening is the best way to prevent cervical cancer. It helps detect the disease in order to treat it at an early stage. Other than that, the following preventive measures can be taken:

  • Quit smoking
  • Avoid sexual intercourse with multiple partners
  • Postpone sexual intercourse until the age of 20

Breast cancer

This type of female cancer develops in the breast cells and usually appears in the form of a lump. However, a simple physical examination can help your doctor make the right early diagnosis.

Consulting your doctor if you find any of the following changes in your breasts is the best way to prevent breast cancer:

  • Skin puckering
  • Nipple discharge
  • Scaling or redness of nipples
  • Lump in your breast
  • Change in breast size

Prevention

  • Discuss with your doctor about any unusual changes in your breast area
  • Breast self-examination
  • Moderate consumption of alcohol
  • Maintain a healthy weight and diet

Bottom line

Keeping aware of the signs and symptoms of various female cancers gives you your best chance of fighting and beating these conditions.

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