Symptoms That Women Should Pay Attention To

Unless we are completely and totally focused on cancer – which is not, of course, at all healthy – chances are that we are not wondering if each and every thing that we experience on a daily basis is somehow connected to cancer. No one wants to spend their life consumed with the potential for illness and hypochondria is never encouraged. At the same time, we should always keep our ears open to any messages that our bodies may be trying to send. When it comes to identifying the existence of any medical conditions – including cancer – it’s important to stay in tune with your body’s rhythms so that if anything appears “off” or unusual, you can discuss those changes with your doctor.

For women, there are some standard symptoms that should always be addressed in some regard. It’s important not to shut our eyes to changes that could potentially signify the existence of disease. These symptoms include:

* Unexplained bloating. There are many causes of bloating; in most cases bloat goes away on its own, the result of menstruation, a salty meal, airplane travel, etc. But if bloating is relatively unexplained, persists beyond a few days, or, most importantly, is connected to other symptoms then it may be wise to see a doctor.

* Weight loss. It’s difficult to complain about weight loss but if you are suddenly dropping weight for no reason – not as the result of a diet or increased activity – then that may be a red flag that something else is going on.

* Changes to the breast. Obviously any lumps should be examined immediately. Other changes to the breast – including nipple changes, redness, or discharge, or dimpling or puckering of the skin, should be brought to the attention of a doctor.

* Bleeding. If you are experiencing bleeding between periods it’s important to see your doctor as this could signal the presence of disease. This also includes blood in the urine or stool.

* Persistent cough. A cough that doesn’t go away should always be addressed by a doctor.

* Unexplained and persistent fever.

* Fatigue. We are all tired and many women will agree that fatigue is just a part of their hectic life. But if fatigue is persistent, pronounced, and doesn’t go away, it should be addressed.

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