Real silent killer, ovarian cancer is explained by several factors such as heredity, age and poor use of oral contraceptives. Let’s examine the symptoms of ovarian cancer that every woman should know.
Ovarian cancer: a silent killer
Ovarian cancer is a disease of the reproductive system of women. The ovaries are organs that ensure reproduction through the eggs they release during the menstrual period and which will then be fertilized by the sperm. Ovarian cancer is a disease that progresses slowly without giving any “clear” symptoms that can sound the alarm in a woman. As a consequence, the diagnosis of the disease is often in an advanced stage. Really, the signs of this disease are difficult to detect, hence the need to be vigilant in case of detected abnormality. This gesture can save a life. 80% of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer are already at an advanced stage of the disease.
Here are 10 signs and symptoms associated with ovarian cancer
1 – Pain during sexual intercourse
Ovarian cancer can result in this type of discomfort during intercourse (pain). This symptom is identified in the early stages of this disease. Ovarian cancer can also lead to frequent urination with a feeling of pressure in the pelvic area. If these symptoms persist, you should consult a doctor as soon as possible.
2 – Pelvic and stomach pain
You should not underestimate this kind of pain when localized in the pelvis or stomach. When the tumor grows in this part of the body, it can cause a particularly painful pressure in these areas. You must consult a doctor to determine the cause of the pain, especially if they are unusual.
3 – Common constipation
Ovarian cancer is a disease which may result in disorders of the gastrointestinal system and the stomach, particularly in the early stages of the disease. The localized pain in the stomach area is accompanied by digestive problems, lack of appetite, gas and bloating. If you notice one or more of these unusual symptoms, please consult your doctor.
4 – Irregular periods
According to a recent study, women aged over 55 are more prone to ovarian cancer. But it doesn’t spare young women. In fact, many cases of ovarian cancer were detected in this age group.
5 – Feeling of fullness after a meal (even light meal)
This symptom that can be easily associated with a digestive order problem is difficult to connect it with ovarian cancer and therefore few women establish a link, hence the need to consult a specialist.
6 – Frequent back pain
If you often have trouble with the back for no apparent reason while you do not have osteoporosis or you are not usually prone to back pain and joint pain, these may be signs of ovarian cancer. You should consult a specialist to conduct a series of medical examinations.
7 – Bloating
If your stomach is swollen and looks like the belly of a pregnant woman, you should consult a doctor immediately because this symptom can be strongly associated with ovarian cancer.
8 – Vomiting
According to Jeffrey Stern, a renowned American gynecologist, ovarian cancer tends to result in constipation, a physical sign that is accompanied by nausea, vomiting, bloating and also weight loss.
9 – Excessive body and facial hair
Secondary signs of this disease may be characterized by more marked body and facial hair but also by male pattern baldness (bald areas on the crown of the head).
10 – Unexplained physical fatigue
Signs such as loss of appetite, shortness of breath and severe tiredness or dizziness may be related to ovarian cancer.
You should know that about 80% of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer have experienced at least one of these signs.
Some other signs also linked to ovarian cancer:
- Increased breast tenderness
- Increase in clitoral size
- Unusual vaginal bleeding
- Pain in the legs and abdomen
- Unexplained fever for no apparent reason
- Voice that becomes deeper
- Tightening of the vaginal tissues (in postmenopausal women)
- Accumulation of fluid in the abdomen (at an advanced stage of the disease)
- Buildup of fluid in the lungs (in advanced stages of the disease)