Known as the “silent killer”, ovarian cancer symptoms are subtle and are very non-specific, and can point to a number of different conditions, both benign or serious.
Approximately, only 20% cases of ovarian cancers are found early enough for treatment. That’s why we have compiled 9 early warning signs of ovarian cancer, you should watch and look out for.
1 Rapid Weight Loss
Losing 10 or more pounds without exercising and dieting, is one of the common sign of ovarian cancer during the early stage. You should consult a doctor immediately if you experienced rapid and unexpected weight loss.
2. Urinary Frequency
Feeling an urgent need to pee or frequent urination, is a sign of ovarian cancer. This include bouts of incontinence, or complete loos of your bladder control before you can even make it to the bathroom.
These symptoms can also be a sign of weak pelvic floor muscles or urinary tract infection. But keep an eye on it, as it can be a sign of something more serious.
3. Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain, such as pain that radiates to the pelvic area. This can also be a persistent, dull and achy pain in the lower back.
4. Abdominal Pain and Bloating
You abdomen size tends to increase, you also feel bloated and full of gas. Most patients complained of abdominal pain, that may last for longer than 2 weeks and were not associated with their diarrhea, period or stomach flu. Also you will notice that some clothes feel tighter around your hips and waist.
5. Changes in Bowel Movement
Diarrhea, constipation and changes in your bowel habits, often go hand in hand with ovarian cancer. This condition occurs, when ovarian tumor swells, thus putting pressure on the bladder, bowel and stomach.
Heartburn, other gastro-intestinal issues, nausea, gas and persistent indigestion are common and persistent signs of ovarian cancer.
7. Vaginal Bleeding
Irregular vaginal bleeding or spotting outside of your regular menstrual cycle, is one of the lesser known warning sign of ovarian cancer. These can also include other vaginal abnormalities, including thick discharge, sudden development of blisters or sores in the vaginal area and changes in skin color.
Experiencing extreme tiredness and low energy is also a symptom of ovarian cancer.
9. Painful Sex
This does not mean that you need to have all of the above mentioned symptoms. Having one of the above mentioned symptoms can mean that there is something wrong. If the symptoms continue for at least 2 weeks or longer, visit your doctor to check things out.