It’s normal for women’s bodies to go through changes as they age, but not all changes that seem to be the normal effects of growing older are actually normal. Sometimes, women will experience symptoms that may seem harmless or insignificant at first but that can be your body’s warning signs that something is wrong.
About 95,000 women are diagnosed with gynecological cancer each year, and many of them didn’t suspect they had cancer until a routine screening caught it or until they went to the doctor for a seemingly unrelated problem. Most people who have cancer don’t realize until quite late in the cancer’s cycle that they have it.
Of course, the later cancer is discovered, the harder it can be to treat and to stop before it becomes fatal. This is why it is so important to catch cancer as early as possible. With that in mind, let’s look at some common early indicators of gynecological cancer that women in Singapore should be watching out for. If you notice any of these, please check with the PK Women’s Clinic for a consultation to determine if you have cancer.
Abdominal or Pelvic Pain
Cancer is quite destructive, so it makes sense that if your body is suffering from this disease that you will be in pain. Gynecological cancer usually causes abdominal or pelvic pain. If this kind of pain occurs at times other than during your period, then you should consult a doctor about a possible cancer screening.
Pain tends to be a late-stage sign of cancer, meaning that it has probably spread to other parts of the body by then and could be difficult to contain or eliminate. Pain in the abdomen or pelvic areas is typical of endometrial or uterine cancer.
Low energy could be an indicator that cancer is ravaging your body, taking its toll under the surface and manifesting itself as fatigue. If your body is battling with something as serious as cancer, it is possible that you will feel tired because of that internal struggle.
Cancer cells are using up the energy supply of the body, pitting your body against itself. If you notice that you are tired for no good reason, it could be time to consult with an expert to see if gynecological surgery in Singapore is necessary.
If you have ovarian cancer, then you will likely bloat. Like many of these symptoms, this one can happen for many reasons besides just cancer, but if it persists and there doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason behind it, you should be suspicious. Bloating for several weeks on end is a strong indicator that something is medically wrong with you, and it is possible that cancer is causing the issue.
Sudden Weight Loss
It may be desirable to drop a lot of weight all at once or in a short period of time, but if you can’t explain why you lost that weight, there could be a serious medical problem (like cancer) behind it.
It’s normal to lose some weight if you change your dietary habits and start eating healthier. It’s also normal to see weight loss if you begin exercising or making other major changes to the way you live to try to be healthier, but if you start losing that weight suddenly and unexpectedly, then that should be cause for concern.
One symptom that goes along with this one is difficulty in eating, or feeling full after not having eaten much. That could be caused by changes in your body internally. As cancer attacks you, it can change dietary habits and keep you from having much of an appetite. You may notice that women who are suffering from cancer become skinnier and frailer and suffer from low energy. That can happen well before chemotherapy treatments begin because of what cancer is doing to their body, and if it is happening to you, then you need to get help.
It’s important that you do something about medical issues like these that you notice. They may be indicators that cancer is attacking your body, and the sooner you can catch this disease, the more treatable it will be.