8 Early Signs Of Ovarian Cancer
Ovarian cancer is the second most common gynecological cancer.The main reason is because it doesn’t have very particular symptoms and is hard to trace.
Ovarian cancer is often referred to as the silent killer, because women are either not aware of what they have, or the symptoms are not precisely diagnosed until the disease is advanced.
The following symptoms are considered as the main warning signs of ovarian cancer:
Abdominal Swelling – Your abdomen may feel bloated or gassy more often.
Constipation – Regular bouts of constipation and irregular bowel movements. You need to try fiber rich foods.
Pelvic Pain – Heaviness or discomfort around the pelvic region.
Lower Back Pain – Lower back pain and discomfort is another sign.Strain to your body can give you lower back spasms.
Frequent and Uncontrollable Urination – Not able to control yourself may be an indication of weakening pelvic floor muscles.
Loss of Appetite – Feeling full easily or unexplained weight loss.
Sexual Activity – Pain during or post intercourse, especially around the abdomen and below.
Fatigue – Getting tired without any rigorous activity is a silent sign.
Note: These symptoms also may indicate other ailments, so you need to observe well before jumping to conclusions.
Until now the science hasn’t found the real causes of ovarian cancer, but several factors are known to increase the chances of developing the disease.
Ovarian cancer is more likely to develop in these groups of women:
- Women who have never been pregnant or had children,
- Women over 50. Half of the diagnosed cases are women over 65,
- Women who had breast cancer,
- Women who have a family history of breast, ovarian, endometrial (uterus), prostate or colon cancer,
- Women with genetic mutation in BRCA1 or BRCA2. (Not all women with these genetic mutations of breast cancer will develop ovarian cancer),
- Women who have a first-degree relative (mother, daughter, sister) diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
Many women diagnosed with ovarian cancer didn’t show all the symptoms listed above. So keep an eye out for even one or two of these signs and keep track.You need to see your doctor, if it persists for more than 2 weeks.
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