“Cancer is a journey, but you walk the road alone. There are many places to stop along the way and get nourishment – you have to be willing to take it.” ~Emily Hollenberg
While we all hope that this deadly and painful illness must never be a part of anyone’s life, the truth is that with every passing day, cancer is becoming a frequently diagnosed illness across the globe. According to the World Health Organisation data, today, cancer is the second leading cause of death globally.
Cancer can be life-changing, and it affects not only the patient but their entire family. There are more than 200 types of cancer, but the commonly found cancers in women account for almost 60% of the total cancer cases across the world.
According to WHO, Cancer can be treated if it is detected at an early stage. Thus, it is crucial to understand the small changes that take place in our body, feed our body with healthy food, and when in doubt, visit the doctor immediately. Cancer is more of a psychological battle than a physical war; stay strong, and allow your body to heal. Cancer is curable, so do not panic, be aware of your body and take the suggested treatment.
You will be surprised to know that there are more than 200 types of cancer. Unfortunately, there isn’t a medicine or treatment for all. Amongst the huge list of cancer types, there are five most found cancers in Women.
Cancers of the breast, cervix, ovary, skin, and uterus alone account for 60 percent of the cancer illnesses found amongst females of all age groups. Thankfully, the treatment for all these types of cancer are today available, and the survival success ratio is almost 80%. Let’s be aware of the types of cancer that are mostly found in women.
Breast cancer ranks second amongst the type of cancers that are found amongst patients globally. Although 90% of women survive this illness, 10% of deaths due to breast cancer account for almost 40,000+.
Symptoms Of Breast Cancer Are:
- Formation of lumps in the breast
2.Abnormal change in size or shape
- Constant flaking or scaling of skin around the breast
- Alteration in appearance or redness around the breast.
The treatment of Breast cancer solely depends on the stage of cancer. It’s best if diagnosed at an early stage. Treatment might involve – chemotherapy, radiation, hormone therapy, and surgery.
After breast cancer, the third most found cancer in women. Colorectal cancer is also known as colon cancer, which usually affects the rectum and colon. This usually occurs to women around the age group of 50 and above.
Symptoms Of Colorectal Cancer Are:
- Rectal bleeding in stool
- Cramps in the abdomen
- Weakness and fatigue
- Weight loss.
The most performed treatment for this type of cancer is the surgical removal of the tumor in the colon. However, if detected at an early stage, the patient might be treated with chemotherapy post-surgery.
As the name suggests, ovarian cancer begins in the ovaries. Unlike other cancers, it is difficult to understand this type of cancer as it hardly comes with definite symptoms.
At Later Stages, One Might Experience These Symptoms:
- Abdominal bloating
- Abnormal Weight loss
- Frequent urination
- Change in Bowel movements
Ovarian Cancer can be easily treated if detected at an early stage. Treatment of this type of cancer involves intravenous chemotherapy, followed by surgery.
This type of cancer mostly occurs during the postmenopausal period. It usually begins around the lining of the womb or the uterus. This cancer has two types; type one grows very slowly and limits its spread only to the uterus. However, type 2 is less common and more dangerous; it can spread to other parts of the body very fast and easily.
Symptoms Of Endometrial Cancer
- Vaginal Bleeding after menopause or between periods
- Watery Vaginal discharge
Removal of the uterus through surgery is the only way out. Along with surgery, chemotherapy can also be given in certain cases.
Skin cancer is not gender bias, but as per the American Cancer Society, women are more affected by this type of cancer. Most skin cancers are caused due to unprotected skin exposure to UV rays. The most dangerous part of this cancer is that it grows and spreads faster than other types of cancer.
Symptoms Of Skin Cancer
- Infrequent growth of a mole
- Brownish spots on the skin
- Painful abrasion with constant itching and pain.
Your doctors may use various treatments like freezing the cancer skin cells by using liquid nitrogen. If the case gets worse, then your doctor might suggest surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy to stop the spread of this cancer.
The Bottom Line:
Being affected by cancer can be shattering but let us forget that all these types are cancer are related to our lifestyle. Thus, having a healthy and fit lifestyle is the only way to keep your body away from such illnesses. The last two decades had seen the rise of cancer, like never, and the reason is our callous lifestyle. Drinking, smoking, junk food, late nights, constant stress- all these when becomes the way of life; then such illnesses are created.