Although there are many different problems that we may experience in life, one that strikes fear in the heart of most people is cancer. More than likely, you know someone who is currently dealing with cancer or, one some point, has had the problem. It is not only an issue that happens to us, it can happen to anyone.
Cancer is more than just a disease to be feared, the statistics show that it is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. In Canada, for example, 3 out of every 10 deaths are caused by cancer, which is greater than any other cause. One type of cancer that is on that list is ovarian cancer, and the numbers are rather alarming. There were some 2800 new cases of ovarian cancer in Canada and 22,280 in the United States in 2016 alone.
As is the case with many diseases, early detection is the key to treating the problem with the highest possibility of success. The following 4 early warning signs can help you to know if you have something that needs looked into professionally.
What is Ovarian Cancer?
Ovarian cancer takes place when tumors develope in the cells of the ovaries and they become malignant. It is sometimes referred to as the “silent killer” because there are relatively few perceivable symptoms. It is more common in post-menopausal woman but more and more frequently, it is being seen in women who are in their 30s and 40s. Research has shown that early detection can increase the odds of survival.
Ovarian cancer is not truly silent, but it is quiet. There is not a reliable tests, as smear tests don’t show malignant cysts and the CA125 blood test may give a false negative. In addition, symptoms are often misdiagnosed as other conditions, allowing the tumors to develope to stage 3.
4 Symptoms That Could Point To Ovarian Cancer
1. Persistent Bloating
If you are bloated consistently and it is a new issue it could be a sign of cancerous tumors.
2. Lower Abdominal and Pelvic Pain
Think of the areas that experience menstrual cramps. Menstrual pain is normal but if the pain sticks around for 3 weeks or longer, it could be a sign of ovarian cancer. This is especially important for women who have not yet gone through menopause.
3. Eating Problems and Feeling Full Quickly
Changes in your appetite that last longer than 3 weeks should be discussed with your doctor. There are many issues that could be associated with this problem, including cancer.
4. Frequent Need to Urinate
If you have to relieve yourself at a much higher frequency without any other changes in your fluid intake or if the urge hits you out of the blue, it could be a sign of ovarian cancer.
These issues are easily passed off as being other diseases but if you have them suddenly and persistently they should be discussed with a doctor. Talk about getting tested for ovarian cancer. Continue to monitor your health and if any problems are seen, take the appropriate action.
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