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10 things women ignore about cancer

health and fitness Updated: Mar 06, 2010 01:15 IST

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It's very often noticed that women in the age group of 25-30 years are not well educated about symptoms of cancer. They either simply ignore them or are not prepared to accept that they might be suffering from a potentially fatal disease.

Dr Veena Bhat, director, Obstetrics and Gynecology at Artemis Health Institute says, "Despite considerable threats of cancer in females, only three per cent Indian women go for regular screening." She adds that it is imperative for every woman to know the factors that play a role in the onset of cancer.

Among these, habits such as excessive smoking and erratic diet can be rectified. Regular health check-ups can help detect cancer at an early stage and help increase the chances of beating the disease.
- Himadree

Symptoms To Look Out For

Sudden weight loss, loss of appetite, weakness or fatigue

An oral ulcer that is not healing

Difficulty in swallowing food and water

Swollen neck nodes, nodes in underarms or any other abnormal swellings in the body

Lump in the breast and unexplained nipple discharge

Long standing cough, with or without spitting up phlegm or blood

Sudden bloating of stomach or abdominal pain

Heavy menstrual bleeding or intermenstrual bleeding

Any abnormal vaginal discharge or bleeding after sexual intercourse.

Any blood in urine or feces.

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