These are 6 Commonly Signs of Ovarian Cancer That We Often Miss
Most women unfortunately are not aware of the symptoms or dangers of ovarian cancer. Many of them realize they have a serious problem too late. Of course, there is a general lack of knowledge about this type of cancer and what it actually does to the body.
Ovarian cancer begins in the ovaries. Rapidly it can spread to the rest of the reproductive system. Epithelial ovarian tumors are in fact the most common type of tumor that we can find on the ovaries. Related tumors are divided into 3 sub-groups:
- benign epithelial tumors,
- tumors of low malignant potential (LMP tumors), and
- malignant epithelial ovarian tumors.
However, the symptoms of ovarian cancer are commonly attributed or overlooked to other “less harmful” health problems. The patient and the doctor can easily miss it.
These are 6 Commonly Signs of Ovarian Cancer that We Often Miss!
Bloated or Swollen Abdomen
Swelling happens when the fluid (which name is ascites), is trapped in the abdominal cavity. This is a symptom that occurs later as the disease progresses, but can be also related to other health issues. Thus, it is very important to keep track of the health. We should compare this symptom to any of the other signs mentioned below.
Persistent Pain in the Pelvis or Abdomen
Chronic pain that displays itself in the pelvis or abdomen represents a clear sign that something is not good. This is a symptom for ovarian cancer and ovarian cysts. We should take seriously any pain that simply does not go away after a few days.
Difficulty Eating or Feeling Full
Maybe it’s odd, but women who suffer from ovarian cancer will feel full faster and will have difficulty eating as much as usual. This is because the cancer “interrupts” the hormones that actually control our metabolism.
Urinary Problems – Frequent Sign for Ovarian Cancer
Sign of ovarian cancer can be increase urination. The fluid that builds up, and causes the swelling will simply push on the bladder. This is why women with ovarian cancer need to use the restroom more often. Unfortunately, this symptom is often related to bladder problems.
Change in Bowel Movements
Any change in bowel movements, or diarrhea or constipation, could actually be a sign of ovarian cancer. This is because the cancer has maybe spread to the colon or because the pressure from fluid buildup could be affecting the area.
6. Spotting Between Periods
Spotting can be connected to different health issues, and one of them is ovarian cancer. You should mention any abnormal bleeding to a health care professional. Of course, it is not normal and there is a connection to serious health problems with reproductive system.
At the end, one or two of the symptoms from the list could be attributed to another, less serious health problem. That is why a doctor cannot diagnose ovarian cancer for months.
As the women in the following video will tell you, it is always better to be safe and healthy than sorry.