A GYNAECOLOGY expert has revealed the five signs of potential cancer every woman should be aware of.
A survey from the gynaecological cancer research charity The Eve Appeal found that only one in three people can’t name a single gynaecological cancer and only two per cent can name all five.
There are five gynaecological cancers people should be aware of (stock image)Credit: Getty
Valentina Milanova, Founder of Daye, a gynae health company that aims to raise the standards in gynae health, outlined the five gynaecological cancers there are and what people need to look out for in each.
She told the Daily Mail: “Because bloating and spotting are both very common, individuals frequently miss out on the early signs of gynaecological cancers.
“This is why patients typically present late with cancer making the treatment harder and less likely to be successful.”
Milanova also gave the worrying statistic that only 20 per cent of people with ovarian cancer present themselves when they are at stage I or II.
Here are the five gynaecological cancers and what to look out for.
A common symptom of ovarian cancer is abdomen bloating and swelling (stock image)Credit: Getty
Common symptoms include lower abdomen bloating and swelling as well as feeling full quickly after eating and unexpected weight loss.
Milanova said: “Other signs may include pelvic floor discomfort, which can be expressed as painful sex, painful urination or general pelvic pressure, change in the frequency or consistency of bowel movements and needing to pee more frequently than usual.”
The most common signs of vaginal cancer included vaginal bleeding which could be between menstrual cycles (stock image)Credit: Getty
Milanova said that the most common symptoms of vaginal cancer included unexpected vaginal bleeding, which could be between menstrual cycles, after intercourse and post-menopause.
She added a lump in the vagina, which can be detected with home finger inspections, painful sex and painful or frequent urination, was another symptom to look out for.
Symptom of cervical cancer are similar to vaginal cancer and includes vaginal bleeding between cyclesCredit: Getty
Milanova said: “Similar to vaginal cancer, unexpected vaginal bleeding or spotting between cycles, after intercourse or post-menopause and pain during intercourse are also symptoms of cervical cancer.
“Other symptoms include a feeling of pressure in the pelvis and foul odour discharge.”
UTERINE (OF THE WOMB) CANCER
Irregular menstrual bleeding could be a cancer of cancer of the wombCredit: Getty
Signs of cancer of the womb that you need to be aware of can include irregular menstrual bleeding, including heavier, and irregular periods.
Milanova also said that difficulties with conception and unusual vaginal bleeding or spotting between cycles, after intercourse or post-menopause, could be a cause for concern.
A persistent itching of the vulva could be an indication of vulvar cancerCredit: Getty
Milanova said: “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.
Anyone who may have concerns is advised to keep a period diary.
While vaginal bleeding and bloating could simply be related to where you are in your monthly cycle, they could also be symptoms of gynaecological cancers.
People are urged to keep a period diary, so you can quickly identify if your spotting and bloating are connected to your menstruation or if it could be a sign of something more serious.
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