Ovarian cancer harvest more lives than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. The most common risk factors are age, genetic predisposition and inadequate use of oral contraceptives.
Usually, the symptoms of ovarian cancer appear only when it reaches its final stages: 80% of women diagnosed are already in the fourth phase. However, if you can identify the warning signs of your body before the spread of cancer cells, your chances of early detection and cure increases substantially.
Here are the ten symptoms that you absolutely must not ignore:
Recurrent back pain
Except for all types of joint pain and osteoporosis, frequent back pain may indicate developing ovarian cancer.
Abdominal and pelvic pain
Any abdominal or pelvic pain requires immediate consultation.
Irregular menstrual cycle
According to recent research, women over 55 are at high risk of ovarian cancer. A fact that does not exclude younger women. Girls who have not yet reached the age of puberty (have not yet had their first menstrual period) are more likely to have ovarian cancer.
Constant and unexplained fatigue
Women with ovarian cancer often suffer nausea, dizziness, shortness of breath, lack of appetite and constant fatigue. Moreover, at least 80% of women have had these symptoms before being diagnosed positive to ovarian cancer.
Feeling of fullness without overeating
This feeling of satiety that most women take for poor digestion is another common symptom of ovarian cancer. It requires immediate medical consultation.
According to an article published in The Medical News Today, having pain during sex is a relevant symptom of early ovarian cancer. It is usually accompanied by a frequent urge to urinate, pressure and pelvic pain. If you experience these symptoms, you should consult your doctor urgently.
Ovarian cancer is usually accompanied by constipation, as stated by Jeffrey Stern, famous American gynecologist. Gradually, as the cancer develops, it progresses to nausea, vomiting and hence weight loss.
Swelling of the abdomen, which may resemble to the belly of a pregnant woman, is a sign that should prompt you to seek urgent medical attention.
It may not be the best known indicator of ovarian cancer, but we cannot ignore it. By cons, doctors note that some women rather suffer from hair loss.
Constipation is one of the most common side effects of ovarian cancer, which directly impacts the stomach and digestive system. This symptom is very common when the cancer is in its first phase, and may be accompanied by other symptoms such as digestive disorders, loss of appetite and gases. Needless to say, these signs require urgent medical attention.