Ovarian cancer is not easy to recognize, it has been called for several years the silent killer. Today thanks to medical progress, we can say that it is not so quiet as that, it presents indeed several early signs. But its symptoms are so common that they can indicate the existence of a disease other than ovarian cancer, hence the importance of consultation whenever the body manifests itself differently than usual.
In France, the mortality rate of women with ovarian cancer continues to grow, especially among seniors (over 60), while among women between 20 and 44, this rate has decreased by 27% compared to previous years. The high mortality rate of these tumors comes from a diagnosis often late, so it is important to consult your doctor at the onset of any abnormal symptoms persisting to make a balance and guide the diagnosis.
Here is a list of early warning signs of ovarian cancer:
1. Frequent back pain
There may be several causes for back pain. But if you’re sure you do not have any diseases such as ligament deformities, osteoporosis, arthritis, or skeletal irregularities, it’s best to get your doctor to see you.
2. Pain in the lower abdomen or pelvic area
If you have lower abdominal pain, or if you feel heaviness in your pelvic area daily, you should consult your doctor to understand the causes of these symptoms.
3. Very abnormal menstrual cycles
Statistically, women over 55 are more likely to have ovarian cancer than younger women. However, it is not necessary to be post-menopausal to develop ovarian cancer. If you have abnormal vaginal bleeding or a dramatic change in your menstrual cycle, it is best to tell your doctor so that further tests can be done.
4. Excessive fatigue
In addition to shortness of breath, nausea and increased loss of appetite, extreme fatigue is one of the symptoms that a patient with advanced ovarian cancer may experience. It is therefore important to pay attention to your own body. Do not wait more than three months after experiencing a strange symptom to make you examine, as do 17% of women.
5. Early satiety
Early satiety, or feeling satiated too quickly when you eat, is one of the four most visible and common symptoms of ovarian cancer. It could be easy to confuse this symptom with a digestive problem, but unlike diseases caused by the digestive system, ovarian cancer will cause a worsening of symptoms.
6. Painful intercourse
If you regularly suffer from pain in the ovaries during your reports sexual, it is best to consult a precaution. This symptom may reveal ovarian cancer at an early stage.
Pain during intercourse may indicate other problems, which is why you need to see a doctor.
7. Nausea and vomiting
Nausea and vomiting, like all the other symptoms listed in this article, may indicate a variety of problems. According to gynecologist Jeffrey L. Stern, advanced cases of ovarian cancer can often lead to blockage of the intestines, causing severe nausea, abdominal pain and weight loss.
8. Swollen belly
Bloating is one of the most noted warning signs of ovarian cancer, along with general abdominal pain. If bloating persists for days or even weeks, check with your doctor to make sure because the swollen belly may also be a symptom of irritable bowel syndrome!
9. Growth or loss of hair
Some women have suffered from excessive growth of hair as a symptom, others live the opposite including hair loss. Although this phenomenon is not usually at the top of the list of cancer symptoms, it is certainly worrying.
10. Frequent constipation
The abdominal area and the digestive tract are the areas most affected by cancer, especially in its early stages.
In addition to the pain felt in the stomach area, other symptoms may include digestive problems ie frequent constipation.