Considered as a “silent killer” by many physicians, ovarian cancer has eight symptoms that can tell a woman she needs to make an appointment right away.
As stated by the American Cancer Association, about 22,240 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer for 2018. About 14,070 will yield to it, the studies revealed.
The disease is one of the deadliest forms of cancer there is and has ranked 5th in cancer-related deaths in women.
To know if a woman is struck by the “silent killer," there are eight symptoms that everyone should take note of
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Although, before assuming anything, it would still be best to seek a professional opinion to be sure.
Having a period once a month is considered healthy for a woman, but for females who have ovarian cancer, they are prone to having irregular bleeding. There are some who would experience a period that lasts for too long. Some even experience their periods twice a month.
An article in Prevention revealed that younger women mostly experience excessive bleeding. Although, irregular bleeding can still happen to women who have gone through the menopausal stage.
If the bloating won’t go away, even after the woman just had her period, it could mean that there is something wrong. A checkup at the gynecologist’s office is necessary.
3. Severe cramps
It is natural for a woman to experience cramps during her period. Although, women should observe its intensity. Severe cramps can be a sign of cancer.
4. Back pain
If the back pain doesn’t go away even after making the necessary steps to help ease the pain, one should be bothered and have it checked right away. Still, it is essential to know that having back pain during your period is quite normal.
Since bloating is one of the symptoms of ovarian cancer, feeling gassy and having indigestion should also be taken into consideration. If indigestion continues to occur even after taking medication, it could be a sign of the disease.
6. Feeling full before finishing a meal
This results in the build-up of fluid around the pelvis and other surrounding areas due to the illness. Because it takes too much space, it makes a woman feel full all the time, especially when eating.
7. The need to pee
While some may consider it as a UTI, it could also be a symptom of ovarian cancer. Women who have the disease may experience having to visit the restroom more often than usual, mainly if they drink a lot of water.
8. Difficulty in breathing
Lastly, since the cancer is growing on the ovaries, it makes one’s ability to breathe normally impossible. The growth tends to push the other organs, which makes standard body functions, such as breathing, harder to do.
If you are experiencing any of the eight symptoms, it is best to schedule a consultation with a medical professional as soon as possible.
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