Catch the Early Symptoms for Better Prognosis
As with most cancers, ovarian cancers are generally not obvious in the early stages. Unfortunately, this is the reason ovarian cancer isn’t diagnosed at until it is at an advanced stage.
There are no routine screens for ovarian cancer, but if you have a family history of this type of cancer, you should talk to your doctor about genetic testing and monitoring your risk.
If you are diagnosed and treated early enough, the cure rate is 92 percent, according to the American Cancer Society. Early detection generally relies on your being alert to signs and symptoms and seeing a doctor if you develop them.
Most Common Ovarian Cancer Symptoms
The symptoms of ovarian cancer may be different for each woman and these symptoms may or may not be caused by cancer. You are also more likely to have symptoms if the disease has spread beyond the ovaries.
When present, the following are the most common symptoms of ovarian cancer:
- Bloating. Feeling bloated on most days for a period of at least one month may be a sign of ovarian cancer, so it’s important to see you doctor right away. Early detection makes it easier to treat and seeing your doctor this early on could save your life.
- Pain the abdomen and/or pelvis. While pelvic pain is common symptom that women experience monthly due to getting periods, pain is not normal when it persistent. Pain that is completely separate from your period is a concern and should be brought to the attention of your gynecologic doctor.
- Food troubles or getting full quickly. If you have occasional indigestion and nausea, it is best to play it safe and see a doctor. Random food troubles, especially ones that have never affected you before, can signal problems if they are lasting for long periods.