From a general perspective, cancer is currently one of the leading causes of death on a global scale.
Data has indicated that it is responsible for 30% of deaths that occur in Canada. According to the American and Canadian Cancer Societies, ovarian cancer in particular, claims about 1,750 lives in Canada. While in the United States, it has claimed roughly 14,200 lives.
What is Ovarian Cancer?
As the name suggests, it is a type of cancer that specifically targets the ovaries of a female. It is so hard to detect even with screening. So many refer to it as the “silent killer”. It is most prevalent in women who have passed the menopause stage. Nowadays is now becoming a popular feature for women in their 30s and 40s. It is important that you pay attention to your body and do regular check-ups because early prevention can definitely increase your chances of survival.
As things currently stand, there is no single test that is completely reliable. Sometimes Pap smears do not detect the cancer cells. In other cases, ovarian cancer is sometimes mistaken for other diseases.
What Are the Signs?
With the strides being made in science and technology, it has been somewhat easier for early-stage ovarian cancer to be detected. So on that note, let’s look at a few of those warning signs.
- Constant bloating – If you happen to notice that you are getting bloated on a regular basis, this could be an indication of a tumor.
- Feeling full too quickly / Having trouble eating – If you realize that your appetite has significantly decreased over a 3 weeks span or longer, you should see your doctor immediately. This could be pointing to issues related to the digestive system, or it could be a sign of cancer.
- Pelvic and lower abdominal pain – Think back and identify all the areas you normally feel menstrual cramps. Even though it is normal to experience pain while if the pain should stick around for weeks after your cycle, you should get it checked out.
- Excessive need to urinate – If you find that you are going to the bathroom to urinate more frequently than usual without changing your liquid intake amount, it may be a sign of ovarian cancer.
All the symptoms above can be easily mistaken for other health complications. With this in mind, it is very important that you monitor the frequency of these signs. Also pay attention how long they take to disappear. If they don’t vanish within 3 weeks, you should make an appointment with your doctor to get checked for ovarian cancer.
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