Next Avenue: Don’t Miss These Signs of Ovarian Cancer
This article from Next Avenue on the subtle symptoms of ovarian cancer that are often missed or misdiagnosed really caught my attention. Just like any type of cancer, when ovarian cancer is caught early the survival rate increases greatly. So be your own health advocate; know the risk factors and symptoms and listen to your body. If something doesn't feel right, make an appointment with your physician and gynecologist.
Abdominal bloating and a persistent 'full' feeling are common symptoms
About 20 percent of ovarian cancers are found at an early stage; this is when they’re most treatable. When found early and at a localized stage, approximately 94 percent of women will live longer than five years after diagnosis.
If you have any of the following symptoms, and they are persistent or unusual, schedule an appointment with your gynecologist.
- A swollen or bloated abdomen
- Increased girth
- Persistent pressure or pain in the abdomen or pelvic area
- Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
- Urinary frequency or urgency
- Change in bowel habits (new onset of constipation and/or diarrhea)
- Unexplained vaginal bleeding
To learn the risk factors for ovarian cancer, click here: Don’t Miss These Signs of Ovarian Cancer