Friday, April 4, 2014

Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer is a malignant neoplasm arising from cells originating in thecervix uteri. One of the most common symptoms of cervical cancer is abnormalvaginal bleeding, but in some cases there may be no obvious symptoms until the cancer has progressed to an advanced stage.[1] Treatment usually consists of surgery (including local excision) in early stages, and chemotherapy and/orradiotherapy in more advanced stages of the disease.
Signs and Symptoms
The early stages of cervical cancer may be completely asymptomatic.[1][2] Vaginal bleeding, contact bleeding, or (rarely) a vaginal mass may indicate the presence of malignancy. Also, moderate pain during sexual intercourse and vaginal discharge are symptoms of cervical cancer. In advanced disease, metastases may be present in the abdomen, lungs or elsewhere.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Signs of Iron Deficiency

Iron is critical for producing hemoglobin, a protein that helps red blood cells deliver oxygen throughout your
body. So without it, everything suffers -- and can lead to anemia. Check out these symptoms of iron deficiency and, if you have them, see your doc and request a ferritin test, which measures your body's iron stores.

You're exhausted.
The most common symptom of iron deficiency, it's also possibly the most difficult one to detect. "Women are so used to having frenetic lives and feeling tired," says Nancy Berliner, M.D., deputy editor of Blood, the journal of the American Society of Hematology. "They often just dismiss being tired as part of life."