15 Cancer Symptoms Women Are Likely to Ignore

Many cancer signs mimic symptoms of other diseases or conditions, so it’s easy to brush them aside. All the doctors we interviewed agreed: Know your body, and if you notice any unusual pain or other change that persists and gets worse, go and get it checked out by your physician. The following symptoms might not seem like much, but they can be early indicators of cancer. Finding cancer early greatly improves the chance of recovery.

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1. Postmenopausal bleeding

It’s not uncommon for women to see some light spotting after they’ve gone through menopause. Even though your regular cycle has stopped, there are still hormone fluctuations that can influence the endometrium and cause light or occasional bleeding.

But if you suddenly start period-like bleeding again, and it’s consistent, it could be an early warning sign of uterine cancer, says Maurie Markman, MD, an oncologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America. The good news is that women diagnosed at stage 1, when the cancer hasn’t spread, have a five-year survival rate of 88 percent..