Ovarian cancer is a serious disease that affects at least 600 women every year.
There are a number of causes for this cancer, the most common being genetics, age, and not managed use of contraceptive pills.
About 80% women never realize they have ovarian cancer until it is too late.
That’s why it is very important to learn how to recognize the signs.
Here is a list of the most common ovarian cancer symptoms:
If you feel that your stomach is swollen or bloated, as though you are with child, you should go see your doctor because you might have ovarian cancer.
Ovarian cancer also attacks your digestive tract and abdominal area during its initial stages. That’s why you should get yourself examined if you notice that you might be having chronic constipation, gasses, lack of appetite, and stomach pains.
Another symptom of ovarian cancer is having pains during intercourse, which usually occurs in the initial stages of the cancer, and the pains are mostly due to the pressed pelvic area. This symptom is also accompanied by a regular need for urination. If you thing that you might have experienced this symptom, go see your doctor.
Irregular periods are also a symptom of ovarian cancer. And even though women aged 55 and up have higher chances of having ovarian cancer, young women can suffer from it as well. The same goes for teenage girls who haven’t got their first period.
Pelvic, stomach and back pains
If you have been experiencing chronic pains in your abdominal, pelvic, or back areas, you might have ovarian cancer. However, back pains are a normal occurrence in women who are diagnosed with arthritis or osteoporosis.
If you feel that you are chronically tired you might have ovarian cancer. The tiredness is usually accompanied by lack of appetite and vomiting. Any of these three symptoms are early warning signs that occur in almost 80% of ovarian cancer patients.
If you feel that you are already full but you have eaten little, this might not be a sign of digestion problems, but on the contrary – you might have ovarian cancer.
According to Dr. Jeffrey Stern, a gynecologist, stomach pains, constipation, excessive weight loss and nausea are some of the common symptoms of ovarian cancer.
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