An estimated 22,280 women in the United States will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year and 14,240 women will die. Ovarian cancer starts in the ovaries and can rapidly spread to the rest of the reproductive system if it is not caught quickly. The symptoms of ovarian cancer are commonly overlooked to other less harmful health problems. If you have some of the symptoms that might be associated with ovarian cancer, ruling out the possibility, is a worthwhile action.
There are 6 commonly missed signs of ovarian cancer:
Swollen or bloated abdomen
This swelling happens when fluid, called ascites, getting trapped in the abdominal cavity. Unfortunately, this is a symptom that occurs later as the disease progresses, but can still be blamed on other health issues. If this symptom occurs along with a couple of the other ones discussed, you should see your doctor.
Persistent pain in the abdomen or pelvis
Chronic pain in this area, that goes on for a few days, should not be ignored. It is a clear symptom of ovarian cysts or ovarian cancer.
Difficulty eating as much as usual
Women who are suffering from ovarian cancer have a feeling of being full faster and will have difficulty eating as much as usual. This is most likely because the cancer is disrupting the hormones that control metabolism.
Increased need to urinate
This happens because of the buildup of the fluid discussed above, which presses on the bladder. The problem, of this symptom being missed (by patients and doctors alike) as a symptom of ovarian cancer, is that bladder problems are a “normal health issue” that so many women experience.
Change in bowel movements
Constipation or diarrhea, could be a sign of ovarian cancer. This can also be a result of the fluid buildup pressing on the bowels.
Spotting between periods
For women who are pre-menopausal, a sixth symptom that could be potentially missed can be associated with other health issues. This is never normal if it persists, and should be immediately looked into.
Having one or two of the symptoms, that have been discussed, can be attributed to a health issue that is not as serious as ovarian cancer. The testimony of the women in the video below, speaks to the notion, that it is better to be safe than sorry.