How do women sometimes miss overt signs of cancer?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
When it comes to cancer, some diseases are better show-offs than others; they have early, overt symptoms indicating that a particular cancer is likely.

Still others produce such subtle symptoms in the beginning that they can fly under the radar for months, even years, before they are given the attention they deserve. Oftentimes it is too late. This is particularly problematic in women who are accustomed to dismissing vague symptoms because they mimic ones that are familiar and routinely experienced. But, by paying heed to ambiguous symptoms and marrying them to your personal risk for cancer, one can raise the red flag just enough get the diagnostic process going ASAP. And that can go a long way to saving lives because treatment can begin earlier, when it has the best possible chance for a cure.

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