Virtually all women are at risk for developing a gynecologic cancer, and the likelihood of you developing one of these conditions may be higher than you think. The Foundation for Women’s Cancer estimates that about 98,000 women will receive diagnoses of one of these cancers in 2015 and around 30,000 will die from its effects. September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness month, and you owe it to yourself to know the symptoms of these silent diseases.
Could You Have Gynecologic Cancer?
Sadly, many gynecologic cancers are not detected until after they spread, which means treatment is typically aggressive and not always successful. Knowing the signs of what to look for can potentially save your life.
- Cervical cancer. Women with early cervical cancer and pre-cancers typically show no signs of the disease. Symptoms begin when the cancer becomes invasive and include abnormal bleeding, an unusual discharge, and pain during intercourse.
- Ovarian cancer. Although symptoms typically appear when the cancer has spread beyond the ovaries, this condition can also create signs even during its early stage. These symptoms can include trouble eating or feeling full quickly, bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, and abnormal urination.
- Uterine cancer. Also called endometrial cancer, cancer of the uterus symptoms often present themselves as the cancer becomes more advanced. Abnormal bleeding is by far the biggest symptom, followed by pelvic pain and pressure, and weight loss.
- Vaginal cancer. More than eight out of ten women who have vaginal cancer will experience abnormal bleeding or discharge, and pain during intercourse. They may also feel masses in their vaginal areas.
- Vulvar cancer. Women who suffer from vulvar cancer will often experience abnormal bleeding, itching that doesn’t go away, and pain or discomfort. They may also notice skin abnormalities, such as changes in the color or thickness, or lumps, wart-like bumps, and open sores.
Social Security May Help You When You Are Sick
Gynecological cancer and its treatments may prevent you from being able to work. Fortunately, Social Security may provide financial assistance. The attorneys of Johnson and Gilbert have helped many women in the Daytona Beach area with their Social Security needs, and may be able to do the same for you.