As the women cannot recognize the early symptoms, the ovarian cancer is usually discovered in its late stage. In some cases, the symptoms are visible but they are often connected with some other disease. This mistake is often life-threatening and even lethal.
That is why this type of cancer is responsible for increased number of deaths over the past decades which is why it is often called the ‘silent killer.’ This name perfectly suits this type of cancer as it is very difficult to be diagnosed in its early stage.
The early symptoms are often linked with some less harmless medical conditions. But the difference is enormous because unlike the harmless diseases, the symptoms of ovarian cancer are persistent. Unfortunately, most of the women do not pay much attention to these symptoms and avoid going to the doctor.
You need to understand that it is crucial to monitor your condition and be aware of the duration of the symptoms. If they do not go away after the prescribed therapy, be sure to make other examinations.
If the symptoms are still there after 4 weeks, consult your doctor and then follow his/her advice.
Abdominal Bloating, Pressure and Pain
Women often feel bloated, especially before the period or when they consume certain types of foods that are known to cause bloating.
But you must be aware that bloating is also an early sign of ovarian cancer. The bloating can look like normal or it can be more severe so you cannot wear tight dress or zip your pants. Remember that ovarian cancer causes constant and unpleasant bloating.
If despite taking diuretics and other medicines, you still feel bloated after 2 weeks, consult your doctor as soon as possible.
Warning: Bloating is often associated with indigestion, constipation, flatulence, improper nutrition, and similar gastrointestinal issues.
If you need to go to the toilet more often and you don’t drink more water than before, then you should consult your doctor. Frequent urination is also a common symptom of ovarian cancer. But first run some tests to check your urinary tract and reproductive organs.
Warning: Frequent urination can be also caused by urinary tract infection. The doctor will first suspect that you have urinary infection but if the symptoms are still there after the treatment, consult a gynecologist.