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Ovarian Cancer Symptoms

Ovarian cancer symptoms are similar to many other more widespread conditions such as bladder and gastrointestinal problems. Other conditions that share the same symptoms include ovarian cyst symptoms, endometriosis symptoms and PCOS symptoms. There is not one symptom that can tell you for sure you have ovarian cancer. If you have only one of the symptoms of ovarian cancer it is not certain you have the disease. The more symptoms you have, whether ocurring at the same time or separately, does make it more likely you may have ovarian cancer.

What is unique though about ovarian cancer symptoms is that they typically don't
go away and often will get gradually worse over time.

If the symptoms seem to be persistent (e.g. every day for a week or more), or are becoming more intense, then the likelihood of ovarian cancer increases. You should pay attention to your symptoms and keep track of them to better understand your situation. Ask yourself questions such as, "Is this feeling a temporary one or does it occur again and again?", and "Does this seem normal for my body or does it seem like a sudden change?".

Not all women will experience the same ovarian cancer symptoms. Some may experience one or a few, while others may suffer several. It is important for you to understand the full range of symptoms of this disease.

Often the first symptoms a women will experience is abdominal pressure, either swelling, bloating or a feeling of fullness. This may occur even after a light meal and you may lose your appetite. Pain in the area from your stomach to your hips is also one of the early symptoms of ovarain cancer. Needing to urinate frequently or a feeling that you suddenly have to go is another early symptom. According to gynecologic and cancer experts, those symptoms are the most likely to be experienced in women who have ovarian cancer as opposed to those that do not.

Ovarian Cancer was once called "The Silent Killer" because women did not know about the early symptoms of the disease. This was unfortunate because they may not have become aware of symptoms until the disease had already spread to other areas of the abdomen. You may not have any noticeable symptoms if the disease is in the beginning stages but many women do notice symptoms early on. Some women mistakenly believe that symptoms are due to normal life changes such as ageing, menopause and previous pregnancies. Don't give the disease a chance to advance. Know the symptoms and take action early!


Typical early stage ovarian cancer symptoms:

  • bloating, swelling, cramping or pressure in the abdomen
  • pain in the pelvic area, sides, lower back or legs
  • feeling full after a light meal or lack of appetite
  • frequent urination or burning feeling when urinating

 
Other ovarian cancer symptoms and signs:

  • constant digestive discomfort or pain, upset stomach, nausea or gas
  • clothing no longer fits around your waist or it seems like your middle is growing like you were pregnant
  • weight gain
  • constipation or diarrhea
  • constantly tired and/or having a fever
  • pressure in the chest or under breasts
  • feeling out of breath or pain when breathing deeply
  • heavy periods or post-meopausal bleeding or abnormal vaginal
  • discharge
  • pain during sexual intercourse
  • changes in taste or smell
  • ovary pain 

Ovarian Cancer Stages

Symptoms can change over time and some may indicate how far advanced the cancer has spread. For example, if bloating is present, that may mean the cancer growth has spread beyond the ovaries and into the abdomen. Later stages of ovarian cancer may show signs of a mass or lump that can be felt in the abdomen. If an ovarian tumor such as this is present there is risk of it becoming twisted or rotated and causing severe pain. The mass may also bleed or rupture and cause further problems such as ovarian pain.

Ovarian cancer treatment is more effective in the early stages of ovarian cancer. Thus it is critical that ovarian cancer symptoms are detected early on and treated as soon as possible to improve ovarian cancer prognosis.

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