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
Women often feel bloated, especially before the period or when they consume certain types of foods that are known to cause bloating.
But you must be aware that bloating is also an early sign of ovarian cancer. The bloating can look like normal or it can be more severe so you cannot wear tight dress or zip your pants. Remember that ovarian cancer causes constant and unpleasant bloating.
If despite taking diuretics and other medicines, you still feel bloated after 2 weeks, consult your doctor as soon as possible.
Warning: Bloating is often associated with indigestion, constipation, flatulence, improper nutrition, and similar gastrointestinal issues.
If you need to go to the toilet more often and you don’t drink more water than before, then you should consult your doctor. Frequent urination is also a common symptom of ovarian cancer. But first run some tests to check your urinary tract and reproductive organs.
Warning: Frequent urination can be also caused by urinary tract infection. The doctor will first suspect that you have urinary infection but if the symptoms are still there after the treatment, consult a gynecologist.