Women's Health: Early Symptoms Of Ova rian Disease Women Shouldn't Ignore

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Ovarian Cancer is the ninth most common cancer in women in the U.S. with almost 22,000 women newly diagnosed each year.

Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths in women. It frequently does not result in symptoms until the cancer has spread extensively beyond the ovary.

As estimated by the Canadian and American Cancer Societies, ovarian cancer had 2800 new cases and 1750 deaths in Canada, and 22,280 new cases and 14,240 deaths in the United States in 2016 alone.

What is ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer is when abnormal cells in the ovary begin to multiply out of control and form a tumor.

The tumor can then spread to other parts of the body. The ovaries are two female reproductive glands that produce ova, or eggs. They also produce the female hormones estrogen and progesterone.

Unfortunately, currently there isn’t any reliable test. CA125 blood tests may give false negatives while smear tests are not capable of picking up malignant cells.

There is yet another problem, though. Many of the symptoms are often mistaken for those associated with other diseases, such as irritable bowel syndrome. Consequently, the tumor gets diagnosed at stage 3, when it becomes too late.

4 Symptoms that may be signs of Ovarian Cancer

1. Bloating

Persistently feeling bloated and full is one of the most common early signs of ovarian cancer. And bloating accompanied by abdominal distension (visible swelling in your stomach) could be a red flag that there is a problem.

2. Lower Abdominal and Pelvic Pain

Although menstrual cramps and pain during menstruation are normal, persistent pain that lasts for more than three weeks can be a sign of ovarian cancer. Pre-menopausal women should be especially careful, as these symptoms are often easily passed off for period pain.

3. Difficulty eating

A loss of appetite is a common symptom for most forms of cancer, along with other diseases. Ovarian cancer is no exception.

In addition to a loss of appetite, early signs of ovarian cancer include feeling full quickly and having difficulty finishing even small meals. If this is a new symptom for you, contact your doctor.

4. Increased need to urinate

In case you find yourself visiting the toilet much more often than earlier, without any changes regarding the liquid intake, it is very likely that you have early stages of ovarian cancer. Another sign that indicates ovarian cancer is an urgent need to pee and inability to hold it.

Most of these symptoms can be easily mistaken for problems and diseases with the gastrointestinal tract. Therefore, if you experience any of them and you haven’t earlier, it is crucial to monitor their persistence and frequency. If they don’t subside in a few weeks, consult your doctor and get checked as soon as possible.

Remember that monitoring our health and learning to recognize the symptoms is the key to early detection and an increased chance of survival.