4 Early Signs and Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer You Should Know

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OVER THE PAST DECADE, SCIENCE HAS CONFIRMED THAT OVARIAN CANCER HAS SYMPTOMS AND IS NOT THE SILENT KILLER THAT IT IS KNOWN FOR.

Early Signs and Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer can cause many symptoms and signs. Women are more likely to develop symptoms of the disease, which develops more in the ovaries. But the early stages of ovarian cancer can also cause them.

The most common symptoms are:

1. Bloating/swelling

The swelling is known during premenstrual syndrome or when overeating. However, women with ovarian cancer can swell every day and there is no relief.

It may be a slight swelling like a feeling of satiety or an intense feeling where it is difficult to button up the pants. It is often misidentified as gas, diet, constipation, or other gastrointestinal conditions.

What should I do:

Call your doctor if you have been swollen daily for at least 2 weeks and are not getting relief from over-the-counter or over-the-counter medications such as pain relievers or diuretics.

2. A feeling of rapid satiety or difficulty eating

Do you feel full before eating a medium-sized meal and does this happen more often? The feeling of satiety is not the same as the lack of appetite, you feel physically full when you consume a small amount.

What should I do:

This is often misdiagnosed as a gastrointestinal disorder or condition. Sometimes you need to be persistent in your medical treatment or even change your doctor to get an accurate diagnosis.

3. Pelvic or abdominal pain

As with swelling, pelvic pain can occur during premenstrual syndrome or ovulation. But pelvic pain that occurs when you are not ovulating or menstruating can be an early symptom of ovarian cancer. Pain can be blunt or more like menstrual cramps. You may need to go to bed and take medication to relieve pain.

Always remember that chronic pelvic pain not related to menstruation is not normal regardless of the cause. This can be a serious indication that something is wrong and needs to be assessed by the doctor.

What should I do:

This is often misdiagnosed as gas, constipation, stress, IBS, premenstrual syndrome and other less serious conditions. It is important that you consult your doctor and know how painful pelvic pain is and how you can relieve it.

4. Urinary problems (frequency or urgency)

An urge to urinate may warrant a visit to your doctor, even if you have not increased your fluid intake.

If you feel the urge to urinate and really don’t, you should also be examined by your doctor. Urine analysis may be required to identify abnormalities.

What should I do:

It is often diagnosed as a urinary tract infection. The doctor prescribes VU antibiotics and makes sure that all are taken. If symptoms persist after taking the prescribed medication, contact your doctor.

The above symptoms are usually also caused by mild or non-cancerous diseases and tumors of other organs. But if the cause is ovarian cancer, it is usually persistent and a normal change because it is more common or more serious.

If a woman experiences these symptoms more than 12 times a month, it is advisable to consult her doctor, preferably a gynecologist.

Other symptoms of ovarian cancer:
  • Abdominal distension with weight loss
  • Constipation
  • Back pain
  • Fatigue
  • Stomach pain
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Menstrual changes

The above symptoms are more likely to be caused by other conditions, and most often occur in women who don’t have ovarian cancer.

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Sources:
cancer.org
ovariancancer.org
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