Usually patients are unable to recognize their symptoms, or even worse, they are not aware of them, and this is the reason why Ovarian cancer is diagnosed in its late stages most of the time. Sometimes even some visible symptoms are connected to a completely different ailment because of their common nature. This seems as the worst mistake that sometimes costs lives.
This type of cancer has taken many lives over the past years and people often refer to it as a ” silent killer”. Since it is hard to diagnose ovarian cancer in its early stage, it is no wonder people refer to it this way.
Early symptoms of this type of cancer are often misinterpreted as signs of some harmless illness. However, the difference is huge here. Unlike some harmless medical conditions, the symptoms of ovarian cancer remain persistent for a long long time, sometimes until it’s too late. Unfortunately, most women ignore minor symptoms, and cannot understand that regular visits to the doctor, may even save their lives.
Take care of your health condition all the time, and be careful in determining the duration of your symptoms. If they are there for a longer period, even if you have received some therapy, don’t hesitate and go through another tests and examinations.
If you have the same symptoms for 4 weeks, tell your doctor about it and pay close attention to the things they suggest.
Abdominal Bloating, Pressure and Pain
All women probably know what it feels like to be bloated during the menstrual cycle, and also you probably know what it looks like to overeat something that your stomach cannot stand.
However, make sure to keep in mind that bloating is an early symptom of ovarian cancer. It can be normal or excessive, when it’s impossible to wear a tight dress or zip regular pants. Ovarian cancer always gives unpleasant and constant bloating.
If you are still bloated, after 2 weeks and all diuretics and medicines you took, consult your doctor as fast as you can.
Important note: Bloating is often misdiagnosed, because it is often associated with indigestion, improper nutrition, flatulence, constipation and similar gastrointestinal problems.
If you keep going to the toilet, and you haven’t increased your water intake, consult your doctor.
Frequent urination is also a common symptom of ovarian cancer, so check your urinary tract and reproductive system. This symptom accompanies with a strong urge to urinate, even if the bladder is empty.
Important note: Frequent urination is also a symptom of infection of the urinary tract. Your doctor will most probably treat you for that condition, but if the symptoms continue, consult a gynecologist and tell them all details about your condition.