Cancer Signs That Can Easily Be Mistaken for Pregnancy Symptoms

Cancer Signs That Can Easily Be Mistaken for Pregnancy Symptoms

Did you know that some pregnancy symptoms can also be linked to symptoms of breast, ovarian, and other types of cancer? Read on to learn more.

Pregnancy can come with many often uncomfortable symptoms, such as morning sickness, pain and more. When trying to conceive, a hopeful woman is quick to embrace even the most unwelcomed pregnancy symptoms, thinking that she may be experiencing the first signs of pregnancy. However, many of these symptoms are also associated with a wide range of other conditions and this includes breast and ovarian cancer.

Here are some pregnancy symptoms you might want to take note of.

Unlikely cancer signs

1. A positive pregnancy test result

Cancer Signs That Can Easily Be Mistaken for Pregnancy Symptoms

On very rare occasions, a positive pregnancy test can be a sign of cancer. That's because the test detects the presence of a hormone called hCG, which means a woman is pregnant.

However, hCG is also present in people who have been diagnosed with cancer, so on very rare occasions, a positive pregnancy test can signify cancer.

2. Swollen feet

During pregnancy, the feet start swelling as a result of the body producing more blood and fluid to help nourish the baby.

However, swollen feet can also be a sign of preeclampsia, which can cause renal or liver failure as well as cardiovascular issues. Women who have preeclampsia are also 30% more likely to develop cancer, so it's important for pregnant moms to always visit their doctor for a checkup so that their health can be monitored.

3. Spotting

implantation bleeding or periods

Spotting is something that can happen anytime during pregnancy and happens usually at the time of conception and during the last trimester. However, spotting is also a sign of cervical cancer, and it frequently gets mistaken for 'normal' bleeding.

4. Abdominal pain

Abdominal pain is another common symptom during pregnancy, and it happens since the baby is growing inside a pregnant woman's body.

In some cases, abdominal pain can be a sign of swelling or fluid build-up that's caused by stomach cancer. If during your pregnancy you experience sharp and intense pains in your abdomen, then you need to consult your doctor to identify what's causing the pain.

5. Morning sickness

relief from pregnancy nausea

Another common symptom of pregnancy, morning sickness happens to a lot of pregnant women, and can sometimes happen even during the middle of pregnancy.

However, morning sickness is also a symptom of stomach and colon cancer, so morning sickness doesn't always mean that you're pregnant.

6. Weight gain

Weight gain during pregnancy is pretty normal, and it happens because the foetus is slowly growing inside your body.

However, weight gain can sometimes also be a sign of ovarian cancer, as ovarian tumors can grow to a large size inside the woman's abdomen, causing the woman to gain weight.

7. Baby brain

Cancer Signs That Can Easily Be Mistaken for Pregnancy Symptoms

Baby brain or forgetfulness during pregnancy happens to a lot of mothers, and it usually goes away after the pregnancy.

However, forgetfulness can also be a sign of brain cancer, as it alters the levels of chemicals in your brain which can cause you to become more forgetful.

If you are experiencing such symptoms are worried, nothing can be more assuring than a visit to the gynaecologist and having exams done that can verify the pregnancy for certainty. 

Republished with permission from theAsianparent Philippines


READ: 8 Unnoticed signs of ovarian cancer

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Nasreen Majid

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