This are the 4 signs of ovarian cancer that every woman must know
Currently, cancer is said to be the leading cause of death all over the world. As a matter of fact, 30% of all deaths in Canada are due to cancer alone which is so much more when compared to other diseases.
As assessed by the Canadian and American Cancer Societies, ovarian cancer has almost 2800 new cases and about 1750 deaths in Canada as well as 22,280 new cases and about 14,240 deaths in the United States of America alone.
Ovarian Cancer progresses when the cells from the ovaries form tumors which turn to be malignant.
It is often called as the “silent killer” because it shows no symptoms which are probably quite difficult to detect by the use of screening.
On the other hand, it is mostly common in post-menopausal woman who starts at the age around 30s and 40s. According to a latest study, early cancer detection remarkably raises the chances of survival that is why regular check-ups are a must.
Unluckily, as of today there isn’t any reliable test yet. CA125 blood test may give negative result while smear tests are not capable of picking up malignant cells.
The other problem is that the symptoms of ovarian cancer are usually mistaken for those linked with other diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome. Subsequently, the tumor gets diagnosed at stage 3 when you are not aware of it.
Here are the 4 symptoms that may be a sign of Ovarian Cancer:
1. Always Feeling Bloated
Continuous and repeated bloating that keeps on happening for more than 3 consecutive weeks usually specifies a cancerous tumor growth.
A lot of women we interviewed stressed that they did not think anything was seriously wrong
because the symptoms are vague and tended to come and go or ease off after a while.
2. Persistent Abdominal Pain
Just about everybody at one time or another will get a bellyache.
Most causes of abdominal pain aren’t worrisome, and your doctor can easily diagnose and treat the problem.
Sometimes, though, it can be a sign of a serious illness. If you experience a persistent abdominal pain it is best to go to a doctor for a checkup.
Even though menstrual cramps and pain during menstruation is said to be normal, persistent pain which lasts for more than three weeks can be a sign of Ovarian Cancer.
Pre-menopausal women should be more careful and pay attention as these symptoms are usually happening for period pain.
In conclusion, abdominal pain while very normal to most women should not just be ignored, especially when your family has a history in cervical or ovarian cancer.
3. Difficulty in Eating or Sudden loss of appetite
A sudden drop of appetite that goes for more than three consecutive weeks can be a sign of various diseases such as stomach, intestine and bowels issues are very common.
Nonetheless, it can be also a sign of cancer that everyone should be aware of.
Most of the people will just attribute this to stress of being tired.
Advanced ovarian cancer can sit on the surface of the stomach or the intestines and this can make the patient feel full early.
Tumors, extensively involving the omentum, can also make the patient feel full all the time.
This full sensation, called ‘early satiety,’ may suppress the patient’s appetite. Ascites fluid can also make the patient feel constantly full, which can suppress the appetite.
4. Increased Need to Urinate
When you found yourself going to the toilet more than the usual even without any changes to the liquid that you are taking up,
it is most likely that you are having the early symptoms of Ovarian Cancer.
A sign which indicates Ovarian Cancer is when you are unable to hold you pee and urgently need to release it.
Most of these symptoms are easily mistaken for problems and diseases such as the gastrointestinal tract.
Hence, if you are experiencing these symptoms more than the usual and some of the signs don’t lessen in a few weeks then it is recommended for you to consult your doctor and be checked as soon as possible.
Remember that prevention is better than cure. Monitoring our health and learning how to recognize the symptoms is the key in order to detect and increase the chances of survival.