Women’s health awareness

Good morning! I hope your day is off to a good start. Today I wanted to discuss women’s health and bring awareness to some of the diseases. I have been participating in the Run for the Cure event for almost 10 years now with proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Foundation here in Canada. I also join the Walk of Hope for the Ovarian Cancer Foundation for three years now. Those two causes are really dear to me and deserve some attention. The Run for the Cure is now well known for everything pink and the Walk of Hope needs more publicity. I would like to share the signs and symptoms of those two types of cancer to raise awareness and remind you to consult should you have any concerns.

Ovarian Cancer

Please visit their website for all the information and ways to help the cause but here are the possible symptoms to watch for, if they persist.

Signs & Symptoms

Symptoms associated with ovarian cancer are often vaguenon-specific and can be mistakenly attributed to other causes. These symptoms can often be experienced by women without ovarian cancer.

Common symptoms include:

  1. Bloating – increased abdominal size/persistent bloating
  2. Eating – difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
  3. Pain – in pelvic or abdominal areas
  4. Urinary symptoms – urgency or frequency

Occasionally there can be other symptoms such as changes in bowel habits, extreme fatigue or unexplained weight loss. Just because you have the symptoms does not mean you have ovarian cancer.

However, if the symptoms are:

  • New – they are not normal for you and may have started in the last year
  • Persistent – they have been present for more than 3 weeks
  • Frequent – you notice the symptoms happen frequently

…then it is important that you see your doctor. (Reference)

Their website: Ovarian Cancer Canada

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Breast Cancer

Lots of research have been done these past few years and we discovered many things that help us prevent this type of cancer. Still, beware of the symptoms below consult your doctor if you have any concerns.

Breast cancer may not cause any signs or symptoms in its early stages. Signs and symptoms often appear when the tumour grows large enough to be felt as a lump in the breast or when the cancer spreads to surrounding tissues and organs. Other health conditions can cause the same symptoms as breast cancer.

The most common symptom of ductal carcinoma is a firm or hard lump that feels very different from the rest of the breast. It may feel like it is attached to the skin or the surrounding breast tissue. The lump doesn’t get smaller or come and go with your period. It may be tender, but it’s usually not painful. (Pain is more often a symptom of a non-cancerous condition).

Lobular carcinoma often does not form a lump. It feels more like the tissue in the breast is getting thicker or harder.

Other symptoms of ductal and lobular breast cancer include:

  • a lump in the armpit (called the axilla)

  • changes in the shape or size of the breast

  • changes to the nipple, such as a nipple that suddenly starts to point inward (called an inverted nipple)

  • discharge that comes out of the nipple without squeezing it or that has blood in it (Reference)

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I hope you learned something today without fear of these diseases. Awareness is the best defence in my opinion. Please feel free to use the above link to read more on the subject from both charities. I also hope you will join me in the fight and raise awareness by sharing this post and fundraising pages. As usual, please like this post if you enjoyed it and leave comments below. Don’t forget to subscribe to receive a notification when I post or follow me on with my social media. Enjoy your day and see you soon for another post.

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