Detecting Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian Cancer is one of the deadliest diseases that humankind has seen. It accounts for almost 1 in 100 deaths in women, earning the fifth place for all cancer deaths among females. Luckily, decades of research and studies have improved the survival rate of ovarian cancer patients. Furthermore, medical experts are finding more and more signs and symptoms to detect the disease.

We listed below are some of the most common signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer: (1)

Appetite Loss

Do you feel nausea or less hungry every day? If yes, then it could be one of the symptoms of ovarian cancer. The appetite anomalies and changes are a signal that a disease, including ovarian cancer, is present in the body and this you cannot ignore. Furthermore, cancer of the ovaries affects metabolism and brings about nutritional problems, such as appetite loss.

Exhaustion And Fatigue

When you are stressed out, snowed under with projects, and working around the clock for weeks, it’s okay to feel burned out. This kind of fatigue can be eliminated when you take some time to rest and recharge.

However, if you experience tiredness all the time and even a good night’s sleep can’t cure the fatigue, there is probably something wrong with your body. When tiredness starts to affect your daily activities, work, and leisure time, you shouldn’t blame your busy work life but instead, call your doctor; constant fatigue is a common sign of ovarian cancer.

Unusual Abdominal Pain

A long-lasting intestinal pain or discomfort, and indigestion included can be one of the symptoms of ovarian cancer. When you are experiencing unusual pain in the pelvic or belly area that doesn’t feel normal, and it’s not the menstrual cramps you need to give it your attention.

Unstopping indigestion or persistent nausea most often can indicate gynecological diseases in the body. However, if this pain goes on for more than a week or two and it not associated with your period, stomach flu or diarrhea, try as much as you can to see the doctor.

Alternating Constipation And Diarrhea

Women commonly report changes in bowel habits when suffering from ovarian cancer. Alternating diarrhea and constipation can signal that cancer has spread inside the body. As the ovarian tumor grows, putting pressure on the stomach and intestines, it can result in episodes of diarrhea and constipation.

Unexpected Weight Loss

The healthy way to stay slim is by maintaining a nutritious diet and exercising regularly. If you are obese or overweight and have sudden, unexplained weight loss, which raises a red flag. Especially if it is associated with other gastrointestinal problems like nausea, appetite loss, and indigestion, it is one of the symptoms of ovarian cancer.

Unexpected Feeling of Fullness

As ovarian cancer progresses, the expanding tumor causes early satiety, making one feel full even before completing a meal. For someone who has ovarian cancer, even a light meal can satiate hunger. This feeling of early satiety can be accompanied by a tingling sensation running down the inner thigh and anal regions.

Bloated Belly

Abdominal discomforts or pains are linked to bloating, and persistent gas pain in the pelvic area signals the presence of ovarian cancer. If you also feel that your usual clothes have become tighter around the waist area without any good reason, or better explanation, you need to set up an appointment with the doctor or only health care practitioner.

Bloating is normal especially when you have had so much to eat, and a lot more for drinking and the women can always feel bloated when it’s their period. If bloating goes on long after the menstrual cycle ends, it could be a sign that something serious is coming back. (2)

Irregular Vaginal Bleeding

Postmenopausal bleeding is a lesser-known early sign of ovarian cancer. In fact, many ovarian cancer patients experience irregular vaginal bleeding. If any bleeding occurs (even tiny spots), outside your menstrual period, during sex, or after you’ve completed menopause, contact your doctor immediately. Make sure to tell your doctor about anything you find suspicious.

Frequent Urge To Urinate

Frequent urge to urinate is not normal at times of pregnancy. When you like to party hard with your friends and also drink a lot, it is okay to use the washroom quite often. But, if that’s not the case and you experience an endless urge to use the bathroom and when the pressure in your bladder cannot allow you to pay attention, it is certainly an indication or one of the symptoms of ovarian cancer.

Additionally, Urinary problems combined with bloating and abdominal pain are typical ovarian cancer signs. It is also important to pay attention if you lose control of your bladder before you reach the bathroom; if this occurs, contact your doctor as soon as you can.

Lower Back Pain

Lastly, one of the most common symptoms of ovarian cancer is a dull, persistent pain in the lower back. The pain can be as bad as labor pain. It is usually a late sign, caused by growth and spread of the tumor within the pelvis and abdomen. The back pain can worsen over time. (3)

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