In some respects, cancer testing is not as sophisticated as it is, and cancer awareness is the best. In other respects, it is still primitive: there are still no regular screening tests for ovarian cancer, the most deadly gynecologic cancer. Therefore, it is important to keep up with your health and notice any subtle changes.
Dr. Taylor Graber, MD, an anesthesiologist and owner of ASAPIV at the University of California, San Diego, said: "Patients know themselves well, and it is difficult for doctors to know if they have new or anxious symptoms without saying it.
1. Abnormal bleeding
"Women may ignore vaginal and rectal bleeding," said Dr. Soma Mandal, a female health specialist at the Summit Medical Group in Berkeley Heights, NJ. She "often shows processes of concern such as uterine and colon cancer. These signs are often narrow and women may not want to admit that further testing is needed."
“If you have bleeding from a place that isn't normally bleeding, your doctor needs to be aware of it,” Graber says. “I recommend an annual health check and a relationship between your physician and an obstetrician and gynecologist,” says Mandal. "Be sure to complete all age-appropriate tests and give your doctor a complete family history."
2. Constant fatigue
“If you feel a general malaise, regardless of sleep, rest, or the amount of caffeine, it can be a sign of cancer,” he says. Jill Stocker, DO, Physician in West Hollywood, California. You may feel unmotivated and sleep several times a day.
Schedule a regular health checkup at Rx: GP and follow current medical guidelines for screening tests such as papanichorow smears, mammograms, colonoscopy, and bone mineral density tests.
Bloating, pain, or pressure from the pubic bone to below the ribcage that lasts more than two weeks are warning signs of ovarian cancer, says Shieva Ghofrany, MD, an OB-GYN in Stamford, Connecticut.
4. Unexpected weight gain
"Unintentional weight gain and changes in bowel habits can be subtle signs of ovarian cancer," said Camilla Phillips, MD, an obstetrician and gynecologist in New York. "The signs of ovarian cancer can be very vague. Women can easily overlook and downplay changes in bowel habits and weight gain due to menopause, aging, or diet. "
"Regardless of family history, if these symptoms persist for weeks, you should consult your doctor," says Philips.
5. Unexpected weight loss
"In our constant quest to lose weight, this symptom can be seen as a blessing, not a sign of warning," said Peterson Pierre, MD, a dermatologist in Thousand Oaks, California. "But it can be a problem, especially with the loss of appetite and changes in bowel habits. Various cancers can appear this way, including cancers of the esophagus, liver, colon, pancreas, leukemia, and lymphoma.
“It's important to report these changes to your doctor as soon as possible to maximize the quality of life, treatment options, and survival,” says Pierre.
6. Skin changes
Changes in moles and freckles, or the appearance of new moles, can be a sign of skin cancer. “Performing regular self-examinations and reporting changes to a dermatologist can help us detect them early and save lives,” says Pierre.
“To support self-testing, remember the acronym ABCDE when evaluating changes,” says Pierre. "A means asymmetry, B means edge change, C means color change, D means diameter, size change, E means height, vertical growth or evolution, It means growth that has changed over time. ”If you notice any of them, you should plan to see a doctor as soon as possible.
7. changes in the skin that are difficult to see
"How many women's and men's skin are examined on the back, top of the head, or behind the ears and feet?" Says Dr. Alanmition, medical director of the Ottawa Skin Clinic in Ontario, Canada. "These areas are often overlooked and there is a risk of skin cancer. Dark vertical stripes on the nails are also a sign that is often overlooked. Subungual melanoma, which can be a sign of bed cancer. Nail." ..
“Inspect your body every year for new or abnormal skin changes or lesions,” says Michon. "If it does appear, consult your GP for medical evaluation and skin biopsy as needed."
8. persistent acne
“Skin cancer in the head and neck can look like stains and acne,” says Jeffrey Fromowitz, a dermatologist in Boca Raton, Florida.
“Keep an eye on new growth,” says Fromowitz. "If something is new or changing and lasts for more than two weeks, contact your dermatologist for a test."
"Hoarseness is also known as a sign of vocal cord cancer," said Dr. Inna Hussain, MD, director of the Laryngology Department at Rush University Medical Center. "Hoarseness is often due to laryngitis or the use of voice, which can be the first sign of cancer."
"US Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery recommend assessing the vocal cords with a laryngoscope after 4 weeks of continuous hoarseness," says Hussein. "Let an otolaryngologist, more specifically a laryngologist, evaluate the vocal cords. If vocal cord cancer is detected early, the cure rate is very high."
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