5 Early Signs of Ovarian Cancer
While some cancers have obvious early warning signs – such as skin or breast cancer – ovarian cancer does not.
The best way to treat ovarian cancer is through early detection. While discovering one has ovarian cancer – or any cancer for that matter – is distressing, early detection of ovarian cancer often brings a 90% survival rate for 5 years. Currently, ovarian cancer is the 5th leading cause of cancer-related death for women.
According to a recent survey, 85% of women did not know the early signs of ovarian cancer, and 82% had never spoken to their physician about what to look for. While the symptoms are vague and there are no early detection tests, here are 5 symptoms that may cause concern:
- Persistent pelvic and stomach pain
- Increased abdominal size
- Persistent bloating
- Difficult eating or feeling full quickly
- Feeling the need to urinate urgently or often
While many of these symptoms may not be cause for alarm, if any of these symptoms persist in a cluster for more than 2 weeks, consider scheduling an appointment with a physician soon.
If a family member or friend is experiencing any of these symptoms, consider suggesting that they also visit their primary care physician.