It is estimated that in the United States more than 550 women die of ovarian cancer annually.
It is believed that the major causes of this form of cancer include;
- Frequent use of oral contraceptives
What is alarming is that most women diagnosed with ovarian cancer only know that they have the disease at an advanced stage of the cancer, when all hope is lost.
It is therefore important that every woman is aware of the symptoms of this silent killer, so they can get treatment early and save their lives.
1. Having Frequent Backaches
Provided you do not suffer from arthritis or osteoporosis, then you might want to check with your doctor for ovarian cancer if you have frequent backaches.
2. Having Pain In Your Pelvis And Stomach
3. Having Irregular Menstrual Cycles
Ovarian cancer may occur in young girls who have not even experienced their first menstrual cycle, however statistically speaking it is more prevalent in women over the age of 55 years.
4. Feeling Tired Often With No Apparent Reason
Having to feel tired often with no obvious cause or having a shortness of breath, a loss of appetite or nauseating feeling could be symptoms of ovarian cancer. It is estimated that about 80% of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the United States experienced a minimum of one of these symptoms.
5. Unusual Feeling Of Satiety
Feeling full even when you are not constipated or you have not eaten any meal is a common symptom of ovarian cancer.
6. Painful Sexual Intercourse
If you experience pain during sexual intercourse it could mean that you are in the early stages of having ovarian cancer. Consult your doctor if you have this pain and if you also have the urge to urinate often.
7. Frequent Vomiting
Dr. Jeffrey Stern a gynaecologist revealed that in some cases of ovarian cancer patients had abdominal pain, nausea, weight loss and constipation. Vomiting according to him seems normal when in the early stage of ovarian cancer.
8. Having A Bloated Stomach
Having a larger than normal stomach could be an early sign of ovarian cancer, you should consult your gynaecological immediately.
9. Having An Excessive Growth of Hair and Especially Dark Hair
It us now believed that this is a symptom of ovarian cancer. Although hair loss is also experienced in other women as well.
10. Being Constipated Often
Ovarian cancer affects the digestive tract and stomach particularly early on. You could experience stomach pain, a loss of appetite, gas build-up and constipation as well.