Common Women Cancers -Know About These 5 Common Cancers In Women

July 19, 2018

Common Women Cancers -Know About These 5 Common Cancers In Women

Every year, almost 850,000  women hear the terrifying words, “You have cancer.” There’s a lot that you can control—provided you know what you’re up against.  Knowing about these 5 cancers in women and what you can do to help prevent them or find them early when they are small and easier to treat may help save your life.

Cancers in women is often linked to family medical history, lifestyle choices, or something in the environment. And while you can’t control your family history or your whole environment, healthy lifestyle habits such as a good diet, regular physical activity, weight control, and quitting smoking if you’re prone to lighting up are all within your control.

5 Most Common Cancers In Women

Cancers in Women

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1.Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer that women may face in their lifetime except for skin cancer. It can occur at any age, but the risk goes up as you get older. Because of certain factors, some women may have a greater chance of having breast cancer than others. But every woman should know about breast cancer and what can be done about it.

The preventive measures

Women should also be familiar with how their breasts normally look and feel and report any changes to a health care provider right away. The best defense is to find breast cancer early – when it’s small, has not spread, and is easier to treat. 

  • Women ages 40 to 44 should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms if they wish to do so.
  • Females between the age 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year.
  • Women 55 and older should switch to mammograms every 2 years, or can continue yearly screening.

Some women at high risk for breast cancer – because of their family history, a genetic tendency, or certain other factors – should be screened with MRIs along with mammograms.

2.Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer can affect any woman who is or has been sexually active. It occurs in women who have had the human papilloma virus (HPV).

Cervical cancer is also more likely in women who smoke, have HIV or AIDS, have poor nutrition, and who do not get regular Pap tests.

The preventive measures

A Pap test can find changes in the cervix that can be treated before they become cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends the following:

  • Cervical cancer testing should start at age 21.
  • Women who has been vaccinated against HPV should still follow the screening recommendations for her age group.

3.Ovarian Cancer

Women of older age are most likely to detect with Ovarian Cancers. Women who have used estrogen alone as hormone replacement therapy are also at increased risk. Females with a personal or family history of hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer (HNPCC), ovarian cancer, or breast cancer are more likely to have this disease. But women who don’t have any of these conditions can still get ovarian cancer.

The preventive measures

A Pap test does not find ovarian cancer.  A pelvic exam should be part of a woman’s regular health exam. Also talk to a health care provider about ovarian cancer and whether there are tests that may be right for you.

4.Endometrial (Uterus) Cancer

Endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus) occurs most often in women age 55 and older. Taking estrogen without progesterone and taking tamoxifen for breast cancer treatment or to lower breast cancer risk can increase a woman’s chance for this cancer.

Having an early onset of menstrual periods, late menopause, a history of infertility, or not having children can increase the risk, too.

The preventive measures

Watch for symptoms, such as unusual spotting or bleeding not related to menstrual periods, and report these to a health care provider. The Pap test is very good at finding cancer of the cervix, but it’s not a test for endometrial cancer.

Yearly testing with an endometrial biopsy by age 35.

5. Lung Cancer

Women who smoke a lot or they are chain smokers are the one to detect with Lung Cancer. 

The preventive measures

If you are a smoker, ask a health care provider to help you quit. If your friends and loved ones are smokers, help them quit.

In case if you are a current or former smoker aged 55 to 74 years and in fairly good health, you might benefit from screening for lung cancer.

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