Most women are ignorant of the signs that could indicate gynaecological cancer and tend to feel embarrassed about seeking help with problems “down below”. Because of this, some symptoms can go undetected. There are five different types of gynaecological cancer in the main, these are cervical, uterine, vaginal, vulvar, and ovarian. Being advised of possible symptoms and knowing when to seek professional care and advice are critical for every woman, as the earlier these cancers are detected and treated, the more likelihood of success.
Signs of gynaecological cancer
Five of the common signs of gynaecological cancers which are often overlooked by women include pains in the back or abdomen, itching or burning of the vagina, constantly feeling tired, bloating and needing to pass urine more frequently than normal. Due to the fact that these symptoms can be common to many women they are not seen as being potentially serious or a sign of a major problem.
Other symptoms of gynaecological cancers can include vaginal discharge, abnormal bleeding from the vagina particularly after the menopause, pain, pains throughout sexual intercourse, bleeding following instances of sexual intercourse, difficulties eating or feeling very full after just a few mouthfuls of food, and persistent pain in the abdomen or lower pelvic region which lasts more than two weeks. Some symptoms of vulvar cancer could be white or red lumps on the vulva surface which look a little like warts or an open sore that does not heal within a few weeks.
It is very important for women to understand the peculiarities of their own bodies, so they can recognise if changes should occur. Some of the symptoms noted above may be normal for a lot of women and could just be dismissed out of hand. But, if they occur on a regular basis, it is a good idea to arrange gynaecological cancer screening to ensure they are not symptoms of something far more serious.
Miss Tania Adib is an expert female gynaecologist based in the London area. She offers the compassionate advice and support needed by many women undergoing gynaecological disorders. Miss Adib is the Lead Clinician for Colposcopy and for Gynaecological Oncology at Queens Hospital and also has vast experience in managing symptoms of menopause. Contact the Adib Organisation for further details about gynaecological conditions and advice on available clinics.