Nowadays, cancer is the main cause of death in almost all the countries in the world. It is the cause of death for more than 30 percent of all death cases just in Canada. This percent is much higher as compared to all other diseases. In year 2016 alone, ovarian cancer had 22,280 new known cases and 14,240 death cases in the United States, and 2800 new known cases and 1750 death cases in Canada, an estimation made by the Canadian and American Cancer Societies.
What exactly is Ovarian Cancer?
This kind of cancer occurs when the cells in the ovaries start to form malignant tumors. Ovarian cancer is often called “the silent killer”, due to the fact that it shows very little to absolutely no symptoms. Most of the faint symptoms are extremely difficult to detect.
Although this cancer is more common in women in post-menopausal state, recently it has started to affect women in their 30s and 40s. Recent studies show that an early detection of malignant tumors greatly increases the survival odds, and so doctors urge women to do regular check-ins.
Sadly, at present there are no reliable tests for detecting cancer. Smear tests are unable to pick up any malignant cells and CA125 blood tests sometimes give false negatives. And there is also another problem. Many of the ovarian cancer symptoms are sometimes confused for symptoms associated with some other diseases, for instance, an irritable bowel syndrome. As a result, the cancer gets diagnosed at a late stage, when it is already too late and the survival rate is very low.
Here are four symptoms that may indicate Ovarian Cancer:
When you have difficulty eating and when you get a feeling of fullness quickly.
- A loss of appetite that occurs unexpectedly and lasts for more than 3 weeks can be a symptom for various illnesses, such as intestine, stomach and bowel problems, which are the most usual, but it can also be a symptom of cancer. Whenever you feel a decrease in appetite, make sure to visit a doctor and do some check up tests.
- Very frequent and persistent bloating which lasts for more than 3 weeks is usually a sign of a cancerous tumor growth.
Pain in the lower abdomen and pelvic pain.
- Pain in the lower abdomen and pelvic pain and menstrual cramps are normal during menstruation, if this go on for more than 3 weeks it may be an ovarian cancer symptom. Women in a pre-menopausal period should be more cautious because these symptoms are usually passed off as period pain.
More frequent need to urinate.
- In case you feel the need to urinate quite more often than before, without changes in the liquid intake, it is very probable that you have beginning stages of ovarian cancer. In addition, another ovarian cancer symptom is urgent need to urinate and inability to hold it.
Unfortunately, all of these symptoms are sometimes mistaken for disease and problems associated with the gastrointestinal tract. In conclusion, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, which you haven’t had ever before, it is imperative to monitor their frequency and persistence. If the above-mentioned symptoms do not subside in a couple of weeks, immediately visit your doctor and get tested for cancer.
Keep in mind that monitoring our body and knowing how to recognize the early symptoms is the very important and it increases the survival chances.
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