Cancer has many different types, and it stands for the leading cause of numerous deaths all over the world. In Canada it is the cause for 30% of all cases of death – which is the most than any other possible cause or disease. The Canadian and American Cancer Societies give out the statistics for 2016 and in the United States there are 14,240 deaths and 22,280 new cases of ovarian cancer; and in Canada – 1750 deaths and 2800 new cases of ovarian cancer.
What is Ovarian Cancer?
Ovarian cancer is developed when the ovarian cells develop malignant tumors. Ovarian cancer is also called ‘the silent killer’, because it is very difficult to be seen with screening and it does not show a lot of symptoms. Even though it mostly develops in post-menopausal women, nowadays the cases of ovarian cancer in women in their 30s and 40s and even younger, are increasing more and more. British experts claim that if the ovarian cancer is detected in an early stage, the changes of survival are higher, so it is important to check in with your doctor more often and pay attention to the signs that the body is sending.
Ovarian cancer is actually a ‘quiet killer’ not silent. Today there isn’t a single one reliable test for ovarian cancer: CA 125 blood tests frequently show false negatives and smear tests do not show malignant cysts. Another problem is that the symptoms of ovarian cancer are not very clear, and are frequently mistaken with other conditions like irritable bowel syndrome – IBS, and this can result with an undetected and undiagnosed cancer at early stage until it gets to stage 3 when lumps in the pelvic area and abdomen start to grow.
Recent research discovers that there are actually symptoms and signs of ovarian cancer in an early stage, and all women have to pay more attention and to recognize when something is wrong.
Here are 4 symptoms that show an early stage of ovarian cancer:
1.Lower Abdominal and Pelvic Pain
Remember all the places where you usually feel menstrual pain – pelvic region, lower stomach and sometimes the lower back. Even though the menstrual cramps are normal, constant pain that does not go away after the period is gone (repeated, three weeks or more) is probably a sign of ovarian cancer. Pre-menopausal women need to pay special attention to this, because it is often mistaken as period pain.
2.Increased need to urinate
If you feel increased need to urinate even though you do not drink more liquids than usual or urgent need to urinate appears, you may feel the symptom for early stage ovarian cancer.
If you often and consistently are getting bloated (often happening for more than 3 weeks), and you were not before, this can also be a symptom for an early stage ovarian cancer.
4.Difficulty eating/feeling full quickly
If you have increased lack of appetite for longer than three weeks, you should consult your doctor. Even though this can also be a symptom for problems with the bowel, intestine and stomach, it can also be a symptom of an early stage ovarian cancer.
Each of these symptoms is very similar and is frequently mistaken with the symptoms for diseases and problems with the gastrointestinal tract. So if you have noticed any of these symptoms, and you have not felt them before, you should observe the persistence and the frequency of their appearance. If they do not disappear for three weeks or more, consult your doctor and get examined and tested for ovarian cancer.
As women, we are all in charge to take care and observe our health, and also pass this information to other women, so that they can also recognize these symptoms of ovarian cancer. Share this article and join us in the fight against ovarian cancer.