Women and Cancer
What Is Cancer?
Cancer is a kind of disease in which cells divide abnormally without control and may overrun other tissues. Through blood and other lymph system these cells spread in all over body. Cancer results in death if spread of cells is not controlled.
Warning Signals of Cancer in Women:
Unusual bleeding or discharge. Blood in the vaginal discharge or bleeding after intercourse. A lump in the breast or elsewhere. A sore that does not heal. Changes in bowel or bladder habits. Hoarseness or cough Indigestion or difficulty in swallowing. Change in the size of a birthmark or mole.
What Are the Symptoms of Cancer?
Women especially need to be aware of any signs and symptoms their bodies may be exhibiting. Many types of gynecologic cancer produce symptoms early enough for them to be successfully treated. When the symptoms are ignored, the delay in treatment can prove to be fatal. Ladies, listen to your bodies! If you are experiencing something abnormal for you, see your doctor. Chances are the symptoms aren't cancer related, but it's better to be safe. Pelvic Pain Abdominal Swelling and Bloating Persistent Lower Back Pain Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding Persistent Fever Persistent Stomach Upset or Bowel Changes Unintentional Weight Loss Vulva or Vaginal Abnormalities Changes in the Breast Fatigue
Types of Cancers:
Breast Cancer, Cervical Cancer, Gyn Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Uterine Cancer, Vaginal Cancer, Vulvar Cancer, Lymphoma Cancer, Esophageal Cancer, Leukemia Cancer, Endometrial Cancer, Germ and Stromal Cell Cancer, GTD, Primary Peritoneal Cancer.
Screening For Cancer:
A periodic health check is a woman's best bet against Cancer. Regular screening tests can detect cancer right in the beginning and intercepting the cancer early, means a more effective cure and a higher survival rate. While it is advisable that everyone go in for screening examinations regularly, this might not always be possible. But this is a must for people in high-risk groups. Mammograms, The Pap Test, Annual Pelvic examinations,
Treatment of Cancer:
The method of treatment depends on the stage the Cancer is in. However, every method has its side effects. Therefore, the choice of what treatment is to be used should be a judicious one. It is best if the patient discusses the course of treatment and associated side effects with the doctor before making a choice. Surgery, Radiation therapy, Chemotherapy, Hormone therapy, Biological therapy, Clinical Trials.