Just this year in the US approximately 22 000 women will be diagnosed and 14 000 women will die from ovarian cancer. The numbers are devastating and the main reason behind these numbers is that ovarian cancer is the hardest of all to diagnose. Its symptom can easily be attributed to a common condition and many women don’t realize the danger s until it’s too late.
Ovarian cancer starts in the ovaries, the little reproductive glands and if not discovered early it starts to spread to the rest of the reproductive system. The most common type of tumor found on the ovaries is epithelial ovarian tumor and this tumor is found in almost 90 percent of the cases. Even though this disease is quite common especially in modern day and age, doctors still find it difficult to diagnose early because they often miss the symptoms and attribute it to some other disease. By the time they do discover the main problem it can be late. That’s why it’s important to know the signs of ovarian cancer and don’t miss the signals your body is sending.
6 commonly missed symptoms of ovarian cancer
- Persistent Pain in the Pelvis or Abdomen
If you’re experiencing chronic and persistent pain in the abdominal or pelvic area it’s a clear indicator that something is wrong. It could be an ovarian cyst or ovarian cancer, so you better check it out with your doctor. Especially if the pain continues for a longer period of time, it’s a clear sign of a serious condition.
- Bloated or Swollen Abdomen
Swollen abdomen is usually a sign of excess fluid in the abdominal cavity and as the cancer progresses this symptom appears. Monitor your health closely and look for any of the mentioned symptoms, if one or more appear you need to see your doctor.
- Urinary issues
More frequent urination can also be a symptom of ovarian cancer. The bladder gets pushed back by the fluid buildup and causes us to urinate more frequently. It’s easy to miss this symptom and attribute it to urinary disorders, but if it’s persistent you should consult with your doctor.
- Difficulties eating
Ovarian cancer can disrupt the metabolism controlling hormones and make us feel full for longer, or causing us to eat less than usual. If this happens often you should see your doctor.
- Spotting between periods
If you notice spotting between periods it can be linked to a number of health problems, usually reproductive ones, among which ovarian cancer. If you notice bleeding between periods you should see your doctor immediately.
- Change in bowel movements
Any change in bowel movement can be linked to ovarian cancer. It can be pressure from the fluid retention or cancer metastasis to the colon and other organs. If you notice prolonged diarrhea, constipation or other change consult with your doctor.
You can see how the symptoms can easily be attributed to some other condition and the early signs, which are most important, can be missed and go unnoticed until it’s too late. The universality of the symptoms is what makes this type of cancer so hard to diagnose at the beginning. Monitor your overall health closely and if you notice one or more of the abovementioned symptoms consult with your doctor and express your suspicions, he’ll tell you what to do.
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