According to the CDC, ovarian cancer is the second most frequent women gynecologic cancer, but the one with the highest mortality rate because of late diagnosis in most cases. This is why many call it the “silent murderer”. However, ovarian cancer is not so silent. Many studies have been conducted in women who have been ovarian cancer survivors, as there are also many testimonies that have been collected about it. Almost all women (if not all) agree on one thing: they had a hunch that something was going on inside their body. Women in majority know their bodies perfectly, they know if their menstruation is normal or not, what time of year they feel better… So, far from medical examinations, it is women themselves who must realize that something strange is going on in their body and must go to the doctor promptly. Whether or not ovarian cancer, you should know what’s going on. And always remember that this disease progresses very quickly. These are the symptoms or signs to pay attention.
Changes in menstrual periods
The first thing to consider, is if you normally have periods regularly or not. From that, you have to consider whether changes in menstrual periods are out of the ordinary. If you notice that you have, but you’re not sure how much, it is best to begin to bring an exhausted control on ‘those days’. Just point in monthly bleeding days and counting passing from one period to another. If the changes are persistent (several times in a few months), go to the gynecologist.
Another early symptoms of this disease is the bloating. Feeling the abdomen full and tight, swollen belly so commonplace does not bode well. Of course that does not mean inevitably ovarian cancer, but the best is to go to the gynecologist and tell what is happening to you so that he will have to decide whether to submit specific evidence or not.
Pelvic or abdominal pain
This is one of the clearest signs that warn of a possible ovarian cancer. If you feel pelvic or abdominal pain frequently and do not find a logical explanation, then it is best to see a doctor, specifically a gynecologist and if necessary, you perform a scan to check everything is in order.
If, for example, you think you’ve had these pains about 12 days in a single month, then you should do something about it. Change and persistence differentiate these symptoms are due to ovarian cancer or other disease.
Not only bloating can warn you of suffering ovarian cancer, there are many other problems related to the stomach and digestive system that can put you on alert about it. Constipation, cramps, colic, indigestion, vomiting, any change in bowel … Women over 50 have to be especially attentive to such things as changes are normally associated with age, when what they might be going it would be much more serious. If you suffer from one of these disorders too often, ask your gynecologist appointment as soon as possible.
Feeling sated quickly
Women who have passed this cruel and severe illness say they experienced a sudden loss of appetite, and felt very quickly sated when eating. This symptom is most noticeable in women who have always eaten well and suddenly stop. This of course leads to weight loss.
Urgent and / or frequent urination
Suddenly one day, you start to feel the urge to urinate frequently, having to go to the bathroom several times during the day and even waking up at night, you can not control. Then something is not right. This fact, which is usually accompanied by pain or burning when you pee, may be due to weak pelvic floor muscles or a urinary tract infection, but if you suffer too often, then it’s time to go to the gynecologist and get tests.
Loss or unexplained weight gain
Although unexplained weight loss usually does not put anyone warning about a possible disease (apart from being in a state of extreme thinness), the fact is that we must be attentive to it and also weight gain. Something bad, it does not have to be ovarian cancer, is going on in our body, so it is advisable to see a doctor and gynecologist. Because in these cases there is no better application of the phrase “prevention is better than cure”.