— Melanie Haiken, Caring.com senior editor

Women can boost their chances for early detection by paying attention to their body’s signs.

Routine tests like pap smears and mammograms are important, but don’t rely on tests alone to protect women from cancer. It’s just as important for them to listen to their body and notice anything that’s different, odd, or unexplainable. Although many of these symptoms could be caused by less serious conditions, they’re worth getting checked out if they persist.

Women don’t want to join the ranks of cancer patients who realize too late that

symptoms they’d noticed for a long time could have sounded the alarm earlier, when cancer was easier to cure.

To read Ms. Haiken’s entire article, visit https://healthyliving.msn.com/diseases/cancer/20-cancer-symptoms-women-are-most-likely-to-ignore-1.