From bloating to unexpected weight loss and unusual bleeding, a gynecology health expert reveals the signs of five cancers you MUST know
- A study found that 1 in 3 people cannot name a single gynecological cancer
- Valentina Milanova, founder of Daye, lists the five cancers and their symptoms
- Spotting between cycles, pelvic discomfort and feeling the need to urinate urgently can all be reasons to see a doctor for a checkup
There are some symptoms women shouldn’t ignore — but do you know what they are?
A survey by The Eve Appeal, the UK’s largest gynecological cancer research charity, found that one in three people cannot name a single gynecological cancer and only two percent can name all five.
Valentina Milanova, founder of Daye, a gynecological health company committed to raising the standards of gynecological health, has outlined the five gynecological cancers and what to look out for with each.
Valentina stated that the two most common symptoms of gynecological cancers are bloating and spotting — bleeding outside the time of your menstrual cycle.
She said: ‘Because bloating and spotting are both very common, people often miss the early signs of gynecological cancers. This is why patients usually present with cancer late, making the treatment more difficult and less likely to succeed.’
She provided the shocking statistic that only 20 percent of people with ovarian cancer present themselves as stage I or II.
Here she outlines the five gynecological cancers out there and what to watch out for with each…
One study found that 1 in 3 people cannot name a single gynecological cancer. Valentina Milanova, founder of Daye, lists the five cancers and their symptoms that women should be aware of (stock photo)
Common symptoms of ovarian cancer include abdominal swelling and bloating, feeling full quickly after eating, and unexpected weight loss.
“Other signs may include pelvic floor discomfort, which can manifest as painful sex, painful urination or general pelvic pressure, change in the frequency or consistency of bowel movements, and having to urinate more than usual.”
Valentina revealed that the most common symptoms of vaginal cancer are unexpected vaginal bleeding, such as between cycles, after intercourse and after menopause.
She also said a lump in the vagina, which can be detected with finger inspections at home, painful sex, and painful or frequent urination were another symptom.
‘Similar to vaginal cancer, unexpected vaginal bleeding or spotting between cycles, after intercourse or postmenopause and pain during intercourse are also symptoms of cervical cancer.
“Other symptoms include pelvic pressure and bad odors.”
A survey by The Eve Appeal, the UK’s leading gynecological cancer research charity, found that one in three people cannot name a single gynecological cancer (stock photo)
UTERINE (OF THE UTERUS) CANCER
Valentina said uterine cancer symptoms can include irregular menstrual bleeding, including heavier and irregular periods.
She also explained that problems with conception and unusual vaginal bleeding or spotting between cycles, after intercourse or postmenopause, can be a cause for concern.
‘Persistent itching of the vulva, swelling, pain and tenderness of the vulva or labia, and vulvar ulcers are all symptoms of vulvar cancer.
“Other symptoms include thickening or darkening of the skin and spotting between cycles and irregular vaginal bleeding.”
What are some warning signs of gynecological cancer that women may be ignoring?
- Watch out for painful urination and pain during intercourse.
- Another telltale sign is that you feel too full very quickly after eating less than a full plate of food.
- Bloating can be a sign of gynecological cancer, but it can also be a sign of adenomyosis or endometriosis, so always see your doctor if you experience severe abdominal bloating.
- Another symptom to watch out for is the urgent need to urinate. This could be a sign of gynecological cancer or a bladder infection – both of which need medical attention.
It is important to keep a menstrual diary
Vaginal bleeding and bloating can be related to where you are in your monthly cycle, but they can also be related to you showing symptoms of gynecological cancers.
That’s why it’s essential to keep a menstrual diary – so you can quickly identify whether your bloating and spotting is related to your period or something more serious.