As a broad spectrum disease, cancer is currently one of the main causes of death around the world. 30% of all deaths in Canada was caused by cancer - ovarian cancer to be specific was estimated to have 2,800 new cases and 1,750 deaths. In the United States, 22,280 new cases and 14,240 deaths are recorded in 2016 according to American Cancer Society.
Ovarian cancer comes about when cells of the ovaries develop tumors that become malignant. It is considered as the subtle killer due to its lack of symptoms during its 1st stages even with screening and tests. Ovarian cancer is most common is post-menopausal women but more cases have been recorded that it also happen to women, 30 to 40 years of age, perhaps even younger. Studies conducted in the United Kingdom found out that early detection of cancer can significantly increase a patient’s survival that’s why it’s very important to pay attention to your body and regular check-up with your doctor is necessary.
One thing about ovarian cancer is, it’s not really easy to detect. There is no currently reliable test that can detect it – smear tests can’t pick up malignant cysts and even CA125 blood tests often reveal false negatives. In addition, many symptoms are mistakenly diagnosed with other diseases such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), making early stages of tumors undetected until it reaches stage 3 where there can already be visible and noticeable lumps present in the pelvic and abdominal area.
New studies and findings show that there are signs and symptoms of early-stage ovarian cancer and it’s definitely important for women to observe and know when something is it considered a red flag.
Listed Below are 4 Signs of Early-Stage Ovarian Cancer:
1. Persistent Bloating
One sign of cancerous tumors growing is consistent bloating. Of you notice yourself being bloated for more than three weeks where you weren’t before, take it as a red flag and immediately check-in with your doctor.
2. Lower Pelvic and Abdominal Pain
Menstrual cramps usually cause pain specifically in your lower pelvic region, stomach and perhaps around your lower back. These pain during menstruation is normal, however, if the pain is persistent and stays long after your period is gone for about three weeks, it could be a sign of ovarian cancer. it is actually important for pre-menopausal women to be vigilant about because it is always misconceived as only a menstrual pain.
3. Feeling Full Quickly/Difficulty Eating
A significant decrease in appetite for a duration of more than three weeks is a telltale sign of ovarian cancer. You may need to talk to your doctor right away. Sometimes it is just a sign of abdominal and bowel issues, this could also signify cancer.
4. Increased Urge to Urinate
If you notice yourself visiting the ladies room more often despite having no change in liquid intake, or you suddenly feel the urge to pee when you are feeling better a minute ago, you may have an early-stage ovarian cancer.
These 4 symptoms are more often mistaken for other medical issues and diseases, specifically with the gastrointestinal tract but if you find yourself feeling any of these symptoms, it's best that you monitor its persistence and frequency. If it still persists for more than three weeks, call your doctor and make an appointment to talk about getting checked for ovarian cancer.
It’s always up to us to monitor our entire well-being. Always put proper attention and be always vigilant to recognize the early symptoms of this fatal disease. Help all the women in our lives prevent and fight ovarian cancer by sharing this article.