6 Commonly Missed Signs Of Ovarian Cancer: The Silent Killer
It has been estimated that this year, about 22,280 women in the USA will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and 14,240 will die from the same disease.
Sadly, most women are not familiar with the dangers or the signs of ovarian cancer, and it is a common case that they find about the disease too late. Generally, people do not have sufficient information on ovarian cancer and on the things it does to the body.
Ovarian cancer emerges in the ovaries and can quickly spread to the remaining parts of the reproductive system if it is not diagnosed and treated. Tumors on the ovaries most commonly occur in the form of epithelial ovarian tumor, and the associated tumors are classified into three sub-groups: benign epithelial tumors, tumors of low malignant potential (LMP tumors), and malignant epithelial tumors. The most frequent form of the abovementioned is the malignant epithelial ovarian tumor.
Nevertheless, the symptoms of ovarian cancer are often overlooked or attributed to a different, usually less dangerous health issue, and this leads to missing the symptoms by both the patients and the doctor.
Here are 6 Commonly Missed Signs of Ovarian Cancer:
1. Swollen or Bloated Abdomen
Swelling is the result of trapping of the fluid called ascites in the abdominal cavity. This symptom is typical for the more advanced stages of the disease, but it can still be blamed on other health problems. That is why it is important to watch your health and compare this symptom to any of the following ones.
2. Persistent Pain in the Abdomen or Pelvis
If you feel chronic pain in the abdominal area or the pelvis, it means something is wrong with your body. This symptom can indicate both ovarian cancer and ovarian cysts. You should never overlook a pain that does not go away after several days.
3. Feeling Full of Difficulty Eating
It is strange that the women who suffer from ovarian cancer feel full faster and have difficulties eating the amount of food they used to eat. This is probably the result of the fact that the cancer disturbs the hormones that regulate the metabolism.
4. Urinary Problems
Another symptom of ovarian cancer is increased frequency of urination. The accumulated fluid causes the swelling in the abdominal area and it pushes on the bladder. Therefore, women who suffer from ovarian cancer need to use the restroom more frequently. Sadly, numerous women attribute this symptom to problems with the bladder.
5. Change in Bowel Movements
Ovarian cancer can be manifested as a change in the bowel movement, in the form of constipation or diarrhea. The reason behind this change is probably the fact that the cancer has spread to the colon or the pressure from the fluid buildup that affects the area/
6. Spotting Between Periods
Spotting can be related to several different health problems, one of them being ovarian cancer. If you experience any abnormal bleeding, you should inform a health care professional. Spotting should not happen irregularly and it is often related to some serious reproductive system health issues.
Keep in mind that one or two of the abovementioned symptoms can be attributed to another, less serious health issue. This is the reason why ovarian cancer can remain undiagnosed for months.
Just like the woman in the video says, it is better to be safe than sorry.
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