Most Common Cancers That Affect Women
“Most people don’t suspect that they may have cancer and often overlook the warning signals”
Cancer is the leading cause of death worldwide and according to the WHO (World Health Organization) estimates, millions fall victim to cancer each year. Cancer as we all know, is the most dangerous diseases and many people across the world have fallen victim to it. In India, the rising statistics of cancer clearly indicates the persistence of the disease among the masses and many people are ignorant about it, which makes it all the more reason to worry.
Most people don’t suspect that they may have cancer and often overlook the warning signals. However, the advancement in medical science has made cancer treatment more convenient and cancer is no longer a death sentence for many. Nevertheless, there are certain cancers that particularly affect women and here is a list of some of them.
Cancers Affecting Women
The risk of developing breast cancer increases after the age of 40 and is highest at the age of 70 or more. This cancer forms in the cells of the breasts of a woman. Women who have not breastfed their babies or menstruated early etc. are more vulnerable to breast cancer. Also, if there is a family history of breast cancer, you have a higher risk of developing it.
Cervical cancer develops at the lower most part of the uterus. Women who menstruate early, having sexual relations with more than one person, a compromised immune system and poor genital hygiene may be victims of cervical cancer. It is mostly diagnosed at a younger age. But if you notice any symptoms like abnormal vaginal bleeding, painful periods or foul smelling discharge, then immediately go for a check-up.
This cancer develops In the ovaries of a woman that produces eggs, which helps a woman to become pregnant. Loss of appetite, lower back pain, pain during sexual activity, change in bowel habits etc. can be warning signs of ovarian cancer. It occurs in the age group of 40-60, but often goes unnoticed until it reaches the pelvis and abdomen.
This is the most common form of cancer, worldwide. Passive smoking, pollution and exposure to environmental chemicals are responsible for lung cancer. Lung cancer is the number one cancer caused in women in developed countries, because of the one main reason – smoking. On the other hand, chulha smoking in enclosed spaces, also causes lung cancer especially in women in the villages.