5 Deadly Female Cancers: How To Recognize And Alarming Symptoms Women Shouldn't Ignore

Date June 11, 2018 16:23

How much do you know about cancers of the reproductive system? Many women in the U.S., the UK, and elsewhere know little about gynecological cancers (namely, cancers of the ovaries, uterus, cervix, vagina, and vulva) and symptoms these diseases can show. Yes, it’s true that some cancers don’t show symptoms until they are fairly advanced – this is one big problem with many types of the disease. Another problem with female cancers lies in the lack of knowledge about their symptoms among most women. So, below we list five female cancers and their symptoms.

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1. Vulvar cancer

Cancer of the vulva is extremely rare. According to the official statistics (U.S.), the disease affects 2.5 individuals in 100,000 women every year. Most vulvar cancers are diagnosed in women aged older than 60. Anyway, symptoms of vulvar cancer are worth knowing, as they can be easily confused with an STI by those affected. Symptoms include:

  • itching, burning, pain, or tenderness of the vulva;
  • skin changes in the affected area, such as changes in color and rashes, sores, or warts;
  • pain when urinating.

2. Vaginal cancer

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Like vulvar cancer, vaginal cancer is also uncommon. Most women who receive the diagnosis are older than 60. Human papillomavirus (HPV), the most common viral STI, has been linked to vaginal cancer. Symptoms of the disease include the following:

  • bleeding between periods;
  • bleeding after menopause;
  • bleeding after sex;
  • pain during sex;
  • persistent vaginal itching;
  • foul-smelling or blood-stained vaginal discharge;
  • a lump in the vagina.

3. Cervical cancer

Cervical cancer is one of the most common gynecological cancers. In most (if not all) cases, the disease is caused by HPV. Symptoms of cervical cancer are the following:

  • abnormal vaginal bleeding (between periods, after menopause, or after sex);
  • watery discharge which may have blood in it and smell foul;
  • pain during sex.

4. Uterine cancer

5 Deadly Female Cancers: How To Recognize And Alarming Symptoms Women Shouldn't

Compared to other types of cancer women can get, uterine cancer is relatively common. Factors that increase the risk of the disease include having diabetes, being overweight or obese, and being older than 50. Symptoms of the disease are the following:

  • bleeding between periods or after menopause;
  • watery or blood-stained discharge;
  • pelvic pain.

5. Ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer is the deadliest female cancer. Its signs and symptoms are easy to miss or mistake for something other than cancer. They include the following:

  • feeling bloated;
  • pain and pressure in the lower abdomen;
  • back pain;
  • urinary frequency and/or urgency;
  • constipation;
  • abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge.

If you have any of the symptoms listed above, you should see a gynecologist. Many of the cancers are often caused by benign conditions, but only a doctor can establish whether that’s the case for you.

Source: Daily Mail Online, LiveScience, CDC

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