Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers that women get in their lifetime. This cancer can appear at any age, still the risk increases as a woman gets older. Due to certain factors, some women suffer a greater risk at having this kind of cancer than others. Regardless, all women should be aware of this cancer as well as be able to recognize the early symptoms and what can be done about it.
HERE ARE SOME EARLY WARNING SYMPTOMS OF CANCER WOMEN MUSTN’T IGNORE:
- Fatigue – If you are constantly feeling tired and the fatigue doesn’t get better, combined with other symptoms such as blood in your stool, go to a doctor immediately. Your doctor will give you blood tests and inquire your complete medical history in order to give a diagnosis.
- Unexplained Weight Loss – Marleen Meyers MD, who is an oncologist at NYU Langone Medical Center says that in most cases an unintended weight loss is not a sign of cancer, but rather it is often caused by your thyroid or stress. However, sometimes it may be a symptom of pancreatic cancer. Furthermore, it can be a sign of lung cancer or stomach cancer as well. In order to make sure it is not cancer, visit your doctor. You may have to do many tests to define the problem, such as imaging tests (CT scans) or blood tests.
- Unexplained Pain – Numerous conditions can cause pain, but chronic pain that is unexplained and lasts a month or even more can indicate brain cancer, bone cancer, or other kinds of cancers. Consult your doctor about any pains that are suspicious, unexplained and prolonged.
- Fever – Constant fever that does not get better and is unexplained could indicate leukemia or some other blood cancer. Consult your doctor immediately and present him/her with the details of your medical history. You will have to take a physical exam in order to determine the cause.