COVID-19 vs Cancer Concerns – Redheaded Blackbelt

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This is a press release from the Breast & GYN Health Project:

In these times of chaos and stress, it is still essential that people listen to their bodies if something is not normal and may need to be examined by a healthcare provider.  It is important to contact your healthcare provider, if you have medical concerns, even during this time of COVID-19 shelter-in-place.  Although we can’t control the pandemic, we can control when to seek out medical advice.  Advocating for yourself that you may need medical attention sooner than later may save your life.  Many medical offices are still available via the phone and if necessary, offices can schedule an in-person visit.

For many health conditions, early diagnosis and treatment help people to have the best outcome possible.  If you have any of the following potential breast cancer symptoms, you should contact your healthcare provider:  swelling of all or part of the breast, skin irritation or dimpling, breast pain, nipple pain or the nipple turning inward, redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin, a nipple discharge other than breast milk, a lump in the underarm area.

If you have any of the following potential gynecological cancer symptoms, you should contact your medical provider for follow-up:  abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge is common on all gynecologic cancers except vulvar cancer; feeling full too quickly or difficulty eating, bloating, and abdominal or back pain are common only for ovarian cancer.

Pelvic pain or pressure is common for ovarian and uterine cancers.  More frequent or urgent need to urinate and/or constipation are common for ovarian and vaginal cancers.

Itching, burning, pain, or tenderness of the vulva, and changes in vulva color or skin, such as a rash, sores, or warts, are found only in vulvar cancer.

Although the Breast & GYN Health Project does not provide medical care, they offer free phone consultations regarding breast or gynecologic cancer concerns that are a useful local resource.  The staff and volunteers are working from home, but are promptly returning phone calls.  More information at 707-825-8345.

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