Early Signs and Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer You Should Know

Over the past decade, science has confirmed that ovarian cancer
has symptoms and it was not the silent killer it was known to
be.

Ovarian cancer may cause several symptoms and signs. Women are
more likely to have symptoms, if the disease has spread beyond
the ovaries. But even the early stages of ovarian cancer can
cause them.

The most common symptoms include the following:

1. Bloating

Bloating is familiar during PMS or when you eat too much. But
women with ovarian cancer may experience bloating every day and
there is no relief.

It may be mild bloating, such as feeling a little full or may
be severe, where it is difficult to button pants. Is is often
often misdiagnosed as, gas, diet, constipation or other
gastrointestinal ailments.

To Do:
Call your doctor if you are bloated every day for at least 2
weeks and you do not get relief from
OTC/over-the-counter-medications such as gas relievers or
diuretics.

2. Feeling Full Quickly or Difficulty Eating

Do you feel full even before you have finished an average sized
meal and does it occur more often? The feeling of fullness is
not the same as lack of appetite, you feel full physically
after eating a small amount of food.

To Do:
This is often misdiagnosed as, gastrointestinal ailments or
conditions. Sometimes you have to be persistent in your
healthcare or even change doctors to get an accurate diagnosis.

3. Pelvic or Abdominal Pain

The same as with bloating, you may experienced pelvic pain
during PMS or ovulation. But pelvic pain that happnes when you
are not ovulating or menstruating can be an early ovarian
cancer symptom. The pain can feel like dull menstrual cramps or
more severe. It may require you to lay down and take
medications to relieve the pain.

Just always remember that chronic pelvic pain that is not
related to menstruation is not normal, regardless of the cause.
This can be a serious indicator of something wrong and needs
evaluation by your doctor.

To Do:
This is often misdiagnosed as gas, constipation, stress, IBS,
PMS and other less serious ailments. It is important to let
consult your doctor and know how painful your pelvic pain is
and what is needed to help relieve it.

4. Urinary Symptoms (Frequency or Urgency)

Having a strong urge to urinate more often than necessary, even
if you have not increased your fluid intake, may warrant a
visit to your doctor.

If you feel the urge to urinate and do not actually go, it
should also be evaluated by your doctor. A urinalysis may be
required to check for abnormalities.

To Do:
This is often misdiagnosed as urinary tract infection. The
doctor will prescribe antibiotics for your UTI and make sure
you take them all. If the symptoms still persist after
finishing the prescribed medication, see your doctor.

The symptoms above are also commonly caused by benign or
non-cancerous diseases and by cancers of other organs. But when
the caused is ovarian cancer, they tend to be persistent and
usually represents a change from normal, such as they occur
more often or are more severe.

If a woman have these symptoms more than 12 times a month,
it is recommended that she see her doctor, preferably a
gynecologist.

Others Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer:

Abdominal swelling with weight loss

Back pain

Constipation

Fatigue

Upset stomach

Pain during sex

Menstrual changes

The above symptoms are more likely to be caused by other
conditions and most of them occur often in women who do not
have ovarian cancer.

Sources:
cancer.org
ovariancancer.org
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