Most Common Cancer in Women| Symptoms, Causes & Prevention

Are you aware of the different types of cancers that affect women? No?

Okay then, let’s talk about the most common cancers in women- their symptoms, treatment and most importantly their prevention.

Cancers that most often affect women are breast, colorectal, endometrial, lung, cervical, skin, and ovarian cancers. Knowing about these cancers and what you can do to prevent them or find them before it spreads may help save your life.

Breast Cancer

Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of breast cancer may include:

  • A breast lump or thickening that feels different from the surrounding tissue

See a doctor if you find a lump or other change in your breast — even if a recent mammogram was normal — make an appointment with your doctor for prompt evaluation.

Causes

The causes are indeterminate, However 5 to 10 percent of breast cancers are linked to gene mutations passed through generations of a family. Either your family has a history of breast cancer or you have been exposed to radiation at a very young age. The best way to find out is to get a blood test and consult a genetic counselor.

Risk factors

A breast cancer risk factor is anything that makes it more likely you’ll get breast cancer. But having one or even several breast cancer risk factors doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll develop breast cancer.

Factors that are associated with an increased risk of breast cancer include:

  • Increasing age.

Prevention

Through right preventive measures it’s easy to decrease the risk of breast cancer.

  • Start by asking your doctor about breast cancer screening. Discuss about things such as clinical breast exams and mammograms and find a strategy that fits you.

Preventive medications (chemoprevention). Estrogen-blocking medications, such as selective estrogen receptor modulators and aromatase inhibitors, reduce the risk of breast cancer in women with a high risk of cancer

Preventive surgery. Women with a very high risk of breast cancer may choose to have their healthy breasts surgically removed (prophylactic mastectomy). They may also choose to have their healthy ovaries removed (prophylactic oophorectomy) to reduce the risk of both breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

Cervical cancer

Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that occurs in the cells of the cervix — the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina.

Symptoms

Early-stage cervical cancer generally produces no signs or symptoms. Signs and symptoms of more-advanced cervical cancer include:

  • Vaginal bleeding after intercourse, between periods or after menopause

Causes of cervical cancer

It isn’t clear what causes cervical cancer, but it’s certain that HPV plays a role. HPV is very common, and most people with the virus never develop cancer. This means other factors — such as your environment or your lifestyle choices — also determine whether you’ll develop cervical cancer

These factors increase risk of cervical cancer

  • Many sexual partners. The greater your number of sexual partners — and the greater your partner’s number of sexual partners — the greater your chance of acquiring HPV.

Prevention of cervical cancer

  • Receiving a vaccination to prevent HPV infection may reduce your risk of cervical cancer and other HPV-related cancers.

Become aware about your oncological health. Perform self examinations, talk to your doctors about regular tests and most importantly show support to women who have suffered through these types of cancers. It can be anything from joining support groups to putting up a story.

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