Cancer. The very word conjures up visions of pain and suffering. If any disease has made itself an enemy of man, it is this one. Cancer may come in many forms but its outcome has always been damaging. The medical fraternity counts cancer as its greatest foe.

Dr. Meenu Gupta

Cancer Symptoms in Women

Most common early cancer symptom is bleeding from vagina. If bleeding is noticed every time after intercourse or between the menstrual cycles or in postmenopausal women, it's a cause for caution and you need to go to an Oncologist.
Another common cancer symptom in women shows up in the form of a lump in the breasts. Most of the time these lumps are painless, but they can be painful as they grow in size. Here we have a simple breast examination that you can do yourself before going to a doctor for medical investigation.
You can do this on the third or fifth day after the post-menstrual cycle.
Stand upright before a mirror. Press flat your left breast with the right palm and right breast with the left breast. See if you have any lump, which feels different from the breast. Any suspicion of a lump, small or big, you must consult a doctor immediately.
These lumps sometimes may be felt in armpits. You can examine the armpits as in breast examination.
The girls who attain puberty at an early age, below 10 years, are more prone to risk of developing cancer. The best way to prevent this is, make the young girls do some physical exercise on a daily basis. It can postpone the attainment of puberty. It is a better factor to attain puberty until the age of 12 years. A young female who attained puberty below 10 years of age is at a higher risk of developing cancer than the girls who attain menarche at 12 years or above.