It is important for women to know their body and take care of it properly. If any changes occur in the body, it is highly recommended to consult a doctor.
10 early ovarian cancer symptoms
Here are some of the early symptoms of the disease.
In its early stages, ovarian cancer usually doesn’t cause many symptoms, but if it does, they can easily be mistaken for another, less serious condition. According to the American Cancer Society, early symptoms of ovarian cancer may include:
- Abdominal swelling or bloating
- Pelvic pressure or abdominal pain
- Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
- Urinary symptoms, such as having to go more often or more urgently
- Back pain
- Pain during sex
- Menstrual irregularities
However, the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance reports that the number and frequency of symptoms are more important than the symptoms themselves when its comes to early cancer diagnosis.
For example, according to the American Cancer Society, if a woman has one or more of these symptoms 12 times a month, she should consult a doctor.
An ovarian cyst is a liquid-filled sac that develops on one of the ovaries. Though these cysts are quite common during a woman’s childbearing years, for post-menopausal women, the cysts could be due to ovarian cancer. Early signs of ovarian cysts may include:
- Pelvic pain
- Pain shortly before or after beginning your period
- Pressure, swelling or pain in the abdomen
- A dull ache in the lower back and thighs
- Difficulty emptying your bladder
- Pain during sex
- Abnormal bleeding
- Nausea or vomiting
Symptoms of benign ovarian cysts listed above are similar to the symptoms of ovarian cancer. It’s important to see your doctor for an evaluation if you think you have an ovarian cyst.
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