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Thanks to MD Anderson for this great, informative post. Net, net, ladies if you notice changes – get checked out.

10 Cancer Signs Women Shouldn’t Ignore

If you’re relatively young and healthy, gynecologic cancers probably aren’t on your radar. But they should be.

This year, more than 80,000 women in the United States will get a gynecologic cancer, such as endometrial (a.k.a. uterine), ovarian or cervical cancer. In general, gynecologic cancers occur more frequently in women after menopause, although they can occur in younger women. While all women should be aware of these symptoms, women in their 40s and older should pay particular attention to their bodies. It’s crucial to know what symptoms to look for, says the American Cancer Society.

“Here are 10 warning signs you shouldn’t ignore,” says Karen Lu, M.D., professor in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center:.

1. Abnormal vaginal bleeding
More than 90% of women who get endometrial cancer experience irregular bleeding. For post-menopausal women, any bleeding — including spotting — should be evaluated by a gynecologist. For pre-menopausal women, bleeding between periods, heavy bleeding, or bleeding during intercourse should be evaluated.

2. Unexplained weight loss
If you’ve lost weight by exercising and eating healthy, keep up the good work! But if you haven’t changed your diet or exercise habits and lose over 10 pounds, this could be a sign of cancer.

3. Being tired all the time
Most of us get run-down from juggling a busy week at work, running errands and taking care of our families. But ongoing fatigue that doesn’t get better with rest can be a sign of a bigger problem. If you’re constantly tired for more than two weeks, don’t assume your busy life is the only cause. (more…)

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