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4 Early Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer That Every Woman Needs to Know

Cancer, as a broad spectrum of disease, is currently one of the leading causes of death worldwide, of which ovarian cancer is one of the worst – and least discussed.

Ovarian cancer occurs when the cells of the ovaries develop tumors that become malignant. This type of cancer is known as the silent killer due to a perceived lack of symptoms and difficulty being detected with screening. 

Though most common in post-menopausal women, more and more cases show increased prevalence in women in their 30s and 40s, perhaps even younger.  

Research out of the UK found that early detection of cancer can drastically increase your chance of survival, so paying attention to your body and regular check-ins with your doctor are key.

The thing is, ovarian cancer is not silent, but quiet. There is currently no one reliable test: smear tests do not pick up malignant cysts, and even CA125 blood tests often give false negatives. 

Another issue is that many of the symptoms are mistaken for other diseases, such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), leaving early stage tumors undiagnosed until they reach stage 3, where they can present as lumps in the abdomen and pelvic area.

New research shows that there are signs and symptoms of early-stage ovarian cancer, and as women, we must be observant and know when something is a red flag. Watch for these symptoms:

  • Persistent bloating
  • Lower abdominal and pelvic pain
  • Difficulty eating/feeling full quickly
  • Increased need to urinate

All of these symptoms can easily, and often are, mistaken for issues and diseases with the gastrointestinal tract. If you find yourself experiencing any of these symptoms when you weren’t before, it is important to monitor their frequency and persistence. If they don’t go away after three weeks or more, make an appointment with your doctor to talk about getting checked for ovarian cancer.

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4 Early Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer That Every Woman Needs to Know 4 Early Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer That Every Woman Needs to Know Reviewed by matt on 17:29:00 Rating: 5