That word has the power to put fear in to most people, particularly when we talk about the signs and symptoms.
Everyday hundreds of people are diagnosed with some form of cancer, and there probably aren’t many people who won’t be touched by it at some point in their lives.
Screening for women is something that is increasing year on year but despite over 65% of Women over 40 having a mammogram in the last 2 years and the majority of women over 21 having a pap test every 2 years, cancer isn’t always caught by screening tests.
This can create further issues because when women who have had clear tests do then have concerns that something isn’t quite right, fear alongside the fact screening was clear prevents them from seeking medical advice and they can be quick to dismiss it as something simple like bloating or hormonal changes.
There can even be the feeling that if you acknowledge the symptoms then your life is going to change so instead they are just ignored, when in-fact acknowledgement of the symptoms and taking action can prevent change as the warning signs don’t always mean cancer, even if you have all of them you could still end up getting one of the many other benign diagnoses or it could be a physiological change.
Even if it is worst case…
Wouldn’t you rather get early diagnosis and treatment, than ignore it and not find out until it’s too late?
The key thing to remember is that if symptoms are progressive and/or persistent then it is always best to seek the advice of a medical professional.
For example if you wake up every morning for two weeks in a row and you feel a lump or a pain and it has you worried, it really is worth making an appointment to see your doctor.
The rest of this article looks at 10 of the most common signs and symptoms that could be worth you seeking medical advice about.