15 Cancer Symptoms Women Are Likely to Ignore

Many cancer signs mimic symptoms of other diseases or conditions, so it’s easy to brush them aside. All the doctors we interviewed agreed: Know your body, and if you notice an unusual pain or other change that persists and gets worse, head to the doctor.

Postmenopausal bleeding

Any form of postmenopausal bleeding should be evaluated by a doctor. It may not be anything major but it could also be an early warning sign of uterine cancer, says Maurie Markman, MD, the President of Medicine & Science at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia. The good news: Women diagnosed at stage 1, when the cancer hasn’t spread, have a five-year survival rate of 96 percent, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS).