This video from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages women to pay attention to unusual changes in their bodies that, in some cases, could be early warning signs of cancer.
Women’s cancers, also called gynecologic cancers, include cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar cancers. Women can protect themselves by learning the signs and symptoms of these cancers, such as:
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge
- Feeling full too quickly or difficulty eating
- Pelvic pain or pressure
- More frequent or urgent need to urinate and/or constipation
- Abdominal or back pain
- Itching, burning, pain, or tenderness of the vulva
- Changes in vulva color or skin, such as a rash, sores, or warts
If you notice something is not quite right and any of these symptoms last for two weeks or longer, see your doctor. Also, if you have vaginal bleeding that’s not normal for you, see your doctor right away. It may be nothing, but it is best to find out for sure.
For more information, go to: https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/knowledge/