Heart disease is the first major cause of deaths across the world and the second leading cause of death is CANCER. Cancer often has no symptoms – ovarian, breast, cervical cancers in the initial stages develop without showing any symptoms.
Female breast surgeon in Hyderabad, Dr Geetha Nagasree
How to Detect Cancer If You Don’t Have any Symptoms?
Heart disease is the first major cause of deaths across the world and the second leading cause of death is CANCER. Cancer often has no symptoms – ovarian, breast, cervical cancers in the initial stages develop without showing any symptoms. Signs and symptoms associated with all the major gynaecological cancers mostly mimic the signs and symptoms of common less serious health conditions in women. Owing to this reason, many women may miss the early warning signs of cancer assuming those to be due to usual less-serious signs and symptoms of their common health issues.
What if CANCER develops completely without any symptoms?
The best tool to fight cancer and prevent it in its tracks even before it develops is cancer screening.
Screening helps detect cancer even before it becomes aggressive and establishes with symptoms. Women who are at Risk of Breast cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Cervical and Uterine Cancers – must screen regularly under the guidance of their gynaecologic oncologist. Screening helps in early detection and prompt treatment of cancer because in the early stages of cancer treatment is more likely to work best.
Lung cancer screening is recommended for some people who are at high risk of lung cancer – similar is the case with colorectal cancer.
What are the recommended screening tests for women?
Breast cancer screening – Mammogram is the best screening test for women age above 35 years to detect breast cancer early.
PAP Test – This is the most popular and common test for women. This simple test helps in early detection of cervical cancer – when the chances of cure are very high.
As far as ovarian cancer is concerned there are no specific screening tests, but women who are at risk due to a family history should talk to their gynaecologic oncologist.
Screening for colorectal cancer helps in detecting colorectal cancer early for potential cure.
There are some surprising signs and symptoms of cancer that many women tend to ignore. Paying attention to those signs ensures timely visit to a specialist doctor and early detection of cancer.
Women who are at risk owing to a strong family history of cancer should see their specialist doctors – gynaecological oncologist to discuss about their risk and preventive measures to minimize the risk. They can ask for screening tests or procedures or genetic testing which might be appropriate in their case.
Your awareness is key to successful prevention of cancer