15 Cancer Symptoms Women Ignore
WebMD uncovers common cancer warning signs women often overlook.
No. 13: Fever
If you have a fever that isn't explained by
influenza or other infection, it
could point to cancer. Fevers more often occur after cancer has spread from its
original site, but it can also point to early blood cancers such as leukemia or lymphoma, according to the
American Cancer Society.
Other cancer symptoms can include jaundice, or a change in the color of your
Expect your doctor to conduct a careful physical
exam and take a medical history, and then order tests such as a chest
X-ray, CT scan, MRI, or other tests, depending on the findings.
No. 14: Fatigue
Fatigue is another vague
symptom that could point to cancer -- as well as a host of other problems. It
can set in after the cancer has grown, but it may also occur early in certain
cancers, such as leukemia or with some colon or stomach cancers, according to
the American Cancer Society.
No. 15: Persistent Cough
Coughs are expected with colds, the flu, allergies, and sometimes are a
side effect of medications. But a very
prolonged cough -- defined as lasting more than three or four weeks -- should
not be ignored, Mishori says.
You would expect your doctor to take a careful history, examine your throat,
check out your lung functioning and perhaps order X-rays, especially if you are