Women’s bodies are always changing. Sometimes changes that seem normal can be signs of cancer, though. The key is to pay attention to your body so you can notice when something’s different. So what should you watch for?
Most breast lumps are not cancer, but your doctor should always check them. Let her know about these changes too, watch out for nipples that turn inward, nipple discharge and redness or sealing of your nipples or breast skin.
To look for the cause of your symptoms, your doctor will do a physical exam and ask you questions about your medical history you may also have tests like a mammogram or biopsy, when doctor remove a tiny piece of tissue for testing.
Between period bleeding
If you are still getting periods, tell your doctor if you are spotting between them. Bleeding that’s not a part of your usual monthly cycle can have many causes, but your doctor will want to rule out endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of your uterus). Bleeding after menopause is never normal and should be checked right away.
A change in the size, shape or colour of a mole or other spot is a common sign of skin cancer. See your doctor for a thorough exam and perhaps a biopsy.
Blood in the urine
Talk to your doctor if you are bleeding from a part of you that normally does not, especially if the bleeding lasts more than a day or two. Bloody stool is often from haemorrhoids, but it can also be a symptom of colour cancer.
Changes in lymph modes
Lymph nodes are small, bean-shaped glands around the body. Most changes in them come from common infections. But some cancer, including leukaemia and lymphoma can also cause lymph nodes to swell.