Over the past decade, science has confirmed that ovarian cancer has symptoms and it was not the silent killer it was known to be.
Ovarian cancer may cause several symptoms and signs. Women are more likely to have symptoms, if the disease has spread beyond the ovaries. But even the early stages of ovarian cancer can cause them.
The most common symptoms include the following:
Bloating is familiar during PMS or when you eat too much. But women with ovarian cancer may experience bloating every day and there is no relief.
It may be mild bloating, such as feeling a little full or may be severe, where it is difficult to button pants. Is is often often misdiagnosed as, gas, diet, constipation or other gastrointestinal ailments.
Call your doctor if you are bloated every day for at least 2 weeks and you do not get relief from OTC/over-the-counter-medications such as gas relievers or diuretics.
2. Feeling Full Quickly or Difficulty Eating
Do you feel full even before you have finished an average sized meal and does it occur more often? The feeling of fullness is not the same as lack of appetite, you feel full physically after eating a small amount of food.
This is often misdiagnosed as, gastrointestinal ailments or conditions. Sometimes you have to be persistent in your healthcare or even change doctors to get an accurate diagnosis.
3. Pelvic or Abdominal Pain
The same as with bloating, you may experienced pelvic pain during PMS or ovulation. But pelvic pain that happnes when you are not ovulating or menstruating can be an early ovarian cancer symptom. The pain can feel like dull menstrual cramps or more severe. It may require you to lay down and take medications to relieve the pain.
Just always remember that chronic pelvic pain that is not related to menstruation is not normal, regardless of the cause. This can be a serious indicator of something wrong and needs evaluation by your doctor.
This is often misdiagnosed as gas, constipation, stress, IBS, PMS and other less serious ailments. It is important to let consult your doctor and know how painful your pelvic pain is and what is needed to help relieve it.