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6 Symptoms Of Ovarian Cancer Women Shouldn't Ignore

Ovarian cancer, also called as a silent killer is diagnosed early in less than 20% cases. Know the other symptoms.

6 Symptoms Of Ovarian Cancer Women Shouldnt Ignore

Fatigue, constipation and bloating are signs of ovarian cancer

If you are a female who has lived on the earth for more than 14 years, you would know how important your ovaries are. Not only do these two whitish glands produce the eggs, one of which forms into a baby, but they are also responsible for the production of estrogen and progesterone, hormones that ensure fertility and optimal reproductive functioning of your body. Naturally then, any threat to your ovaries can mean a danger to your life, and especially for your fertility. Ovarian cancer is one such risk that can strike women in the age group of 16-65. This type of cancer often goes undetected and is generally only diagnosed when it has become life threatening due to its spread into the stomach and pelvis.

But ovarian cancer is treatable. What is important is that it gets detected in the early stages when it's possible to uproot the tumor completely. Unfortunately, the early symptoms of ovarian cancer are not very specific and can be mistaken for other less dangerous disorders or changes in lifestyle.

Here are 6 common symptoms of ovarian cancer you shouldn't ignore:

1. Bloating and swelling in abdomen

The size of your abdomen may increase and you may feel gassy. You may also feel unusually full after eating despite not eating much. Heartburn is also common.

2. Urinary urgency

The frequency of your urination can increase and you may also experience pain or other troubles in urinating. While this may also mean that you have UTI or that your pelvic muscles have become weak, watch out for the degree of urgency.

3. Weight loss

Unexplained loss in weight and a loss of appetite can be signs of ovarian cancer. This can be accompanied by nausea and changes in menstruation.

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While weight loss is a welcome change, unintended weight loss can be a sign of ovarian cancer
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4. Constipation and bowel changes

Defecation can become problematic and you can experience cycles of constipation and diarrhea. Indigestion become recurrent in case of this cancer.

5. Pain

You may feel pain in your back and abdomen. Having intercourse can also be painful as your pelvis pressure increases.

6. Fatigue

Ovarian cancer may be the cause if you constantly feel tired and low on energy.

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You can pay attention to the whispers of this disease to prevent it from becoming a silent killer. Be on guard. If you experience more than 3 of these symptoms at once and they are becoming frequent or worsening, visit a doctor at the earliest.


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