This year, 22,280 American women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Equally, as frightening, 14,240 women will die from the disease this year.
But according to 1 Million Health Tips, ovarian cancer does not have to be a "silent killer." There are a number of symptoms of which all women should be aware. Continue reading to learn these all-important signs.
1. Bloating. Bloating every now and then or during your menstrual cycle is perfectly normal. But bloating often for no apparent reason without relief may be a sign of ovarian cancer. It is crucial to talk with your doctor if you have been bloated for 2 weeks or more.
2. Feeling full quickly. Be wary if you feel full after eating a meal smaller than the average meal size. It is important to note that feeling full is not the same as loss of appetite.
3. Pelvic or abdominal pain. This is a typical symptom of both PMS and ovulation. However, chronic pelvic pain or pain that resembles menstrual cramps when you are not menstruating is anything but normal.
4. Frequent urination. Ask your doctor for a urinalysis if you have the frequent or urgent need to urinate. This basic test can help diagnose ovarian cancer or another abnormality.
Pain during sex, upset stomach, back pain, constipation, fatigue, menstrual changes, and abdominal swelling with weight loss are further symptoms of ovarian cancer.
Caucasian women over the age of 63 are at the greatest risk for ovarian cancer, according to American Cancer Society. If you fit this description, pay extra attention to the above signs and symptoms. And remember, if you notice anything out of the ordinary, talk to your doctor immediately.
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