12 signs of ovarian cancer!
It can be difficult to spot the signs of ovarian cancer as many don’t find it until the final stages of the cancers progression. One woman dies every two hours in the UK. As we have seen on the news recently ovarian cancer is becoming more common but many women arent getting the medical urgency they need. Many women struggle to get clear results of ovarain cancer as its often mistaken for Irritable bowel syndrome or PMS. This is a very common as we witnessed Charleys story on Lorraine. As part of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, they have launched a week-long awareness campaign called Very Important Parts. You can pledge your support and share her story to raise awareness.
Ovarian cancer is most common in women over 50. However there have been many cases of women under 25 being diagnosed with this deadly cancer. Read many young and middle aged womens stories and how they have survived cancer on “Target ovarian cancer“. Read Nicoli’s story and discover how she wasn’t aware of the symptoms of ovarian cancer, and how she kept herself busy around this difficult time. No women should have to go through this alone so here is how you can spot the signs and seek medical help as soon as you can.
The most common sypmtoms of the cancer can be:
- A swollen tummy
- Feeling constantly bloated
- Needing to pee more often
- Feeling full when eating, or having complete loss of appetite
- Discomfort in your tummy or pelvic area
Many other symptoms of the cancer cant be spotted but here are the least common:
- Pain during sex and abnormal bleeding during or after.
- Persistent indigestion or nausea
- Back pain
- Feeling tired all the time
- Unintentional weightloss
- Pain during sex
- Vaginal bleeding- particular after the menopause.
When you should go see your doctor:
- You’ve been feeling bloated most days for the last three weeks
- You have other symptoms of ovarian cancer that won’t go away – especially if you’re over 50 or have a family history of ovarian or breast cancer, as you may be at a higher risk.
To test if you have this common cancer your doctor will firstly refer you to a gynecologist and from there he/she will most likley give you a scan and take things from there. If you believe you are having signs of ovarian cancer please seek medical advice immediately.