Tuesday, March 28, 2017

WARNING LADIES: If You Have Any of These Symptoms More Than Twice a Week, It Could Be an Early Sign of Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer refers to cancerous growth that occurs in the ovary. The majority of ovarian cancers arise from the epithelium (outer lining) of the ovary.

Nevertheless, it is the fifth most common cause of cancer deaths in women. Ovarian cancer has the highest rate of deaths among the gynecologic cancers (uterine, cervical, and ovarian). Although the precise causes are not known, there some known risk factors for ovarian cancer.

Most Early Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

In its early stages, ovarian cancer usually doesn't cause many symptoms, but if it does, they can easily be mistaken for another, less serious condition. According to the American Cancer Society, early symptoms of ovarian cancer may include:
  • Abdominal swelling or bloating
  • Pelvic pressure or abdominal pain
  • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
  • Urinary symptoms, such as having to go more often or more urgently


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 Less common early symptoms of ovarian cancer may include:
  • Fatigue
  • Indigestion
  • Back pain
  • Pain during sex
  • Constipation
  • Menstrual irregularities

However, the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance reports that the number and frequency of symptoms are more important than the symptoms themselves when it comes to early cancer diagnosis.

For example, according to the American Cancer Society, if a woman has one or more of these symptoms 12 times a month, she should consult a doctor.

Ovarian Cysts

Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled that can develop on the ovaries. Though these cysts are quite common during a woman’s childbearing years, for post-menopausal women, the cysts could be due to ovarian cancer. Early signs of ovarian cysts may include:
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pain shortly before or after beginning your period
  • Pressure, swelling or pain in the abdomen
  • A dull ache in the lower back and thighs
  • Difficulty emptying your bladder
  • Pain during sex
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Nausea or vomiting
Regular pelvic exams conducted by a doctor are the best way to know your health status. Because we all know prevention is better than cure!