Cancer is one of the most aggressive and devastating diseases. Once it is detected the fight must start immediately to prevent cancer from metastasizing (spreading) to other tissues and organs in the body. Early detection is the key to a successful cancer treatment in many cases. Women are mostly affected by breast, colon, endometrial, lung, skin and ovarian cancer.
Checking your body for cancer is usually expensive and not included in a routine checkup. This is the reason why many doctors recommend paying attention to the warning signs your own body is giving you. Anything that you don't consider to be normal has to be checked by a professional.
These are some of the symptoms all women must pay attention to when it comes to detecting cancer; and signs a good health insurance policy will cover your doctor to look for at regular checkups:
1. Chronic Coughing
Coughing due to flu is ok. Excessive allergic elements in the environment can also trigger coughing. But this should last only a couple of days. Improving your healthcare is something that has to be taken seriously. If the symptoms continue after a week or two, it is necessary to have a doctor check your respiratory system.
2. Breast Dimpling
Many women are not aware of how important it is to check their breasts every once in a while. It is a very simple exam that could help us spots cancer just in time to act and fight it correctly.
While showering it is a good moment to check for lumps. Touch your breasts looking for any hard lump, usually without pain, just a lump there, they may feel harmless, but they need to be checked immediately.
3. Abnormal Periods
Periods are not regular at the beginning, the first year or so. When a girl has her first period, it is very common to have abundant discharges, several days, dark discharges and sometimes painful. This is normal, and a regular check up with the doctor can be of great help to alleviate some of the uncomfortable symptoms.
However, after some years have passed, periods should be cyclic, and they should have already a standard. Bleeding for more days than usual, having painful periods, or maybe having more than one per month should be taken as a warning sign.
4. Sudden Weight Loss
If there is a sudden change in a person's diet, there's going to be a sudden change in weight. But if diet hasn't changed, and calorie intake remains the same, weight loss should not be there. Stressful situations may also affect our weight, so be careful not to be stressed all the time.
Sudden weight loss usually indicates some disease. Diabetes and cancer are top of the list. Check your weight if sudden loss appears to have specific details to tell to your family doctor.
5. Chronic Headaches
Headaches are usually due to a change in the pressure of the blood, in some cases, the veins are dilated too quickly, and this causes pain, in some other cases they shrink too fast. It is apparently a matter of handling sudden changes.
If headaches become a frequent condition, it is advisable to have a medical appointment. Frequent may mean every couple of days. It is also a good idea to have a written record of the frequency of the headaches and their intensity. Telling the doctor where the pain is located is also of great help when diagnosing. Some people report having pain behind their eyes or on the sides of their heads. Different places may mean different things.
6. Noticeable Skin Changes
Our skin changes with time at a slow pace and rhythm. Lines appear, and it becomes less flexible as we get older. If we are continuously exposed to the sun, there may be other changes that become visible at a faster rate.
Women usually pain attention to their skin, but they may do it in the wrong way. It is necessary to look for new freckles, beauty spots, moles, or lumps. Changes in skin color should also be carefully examined since it could be the result of aggressive sunbathing, chemicals on the skin or skin cancer.
We don't want to replace your family doctor, the idea of this article is to raise awareness of the symptoms that could be linked to a specific kind of cancer for women.
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Ryan Varela is the CEO of Boost Health Insurance which provides customized and affordable health care plans for thousands of customers across the United States. Ryan has nearly a decade of experience in the health care industry and continues to serve the greater need to educate and deliver access to affordable options to those who need health care the most.