Ovarian cancer is usually diagnosed late since it develops insidiously, with very few warning signs or symptoms. The disease has been confused with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). Clearly to say, there so many things that might not be known when it comes to ovarian cancer symptoms.
When it comes to the woman’s cancer, people are usually saying that breast, bowel, lung and prostate are the one that should be fear because they are already common on the society. Even if the technical statistics stated that the ovarian cancer is not the common one, it still affects around 6,700 women each year in the UK alone. That is why in this time of ovarian cancer month there is the advice that comes from Macmillan Cancer Support center as to carefully check any kind of symptoms that might relate to the disease.
It is advice that women above the age of 50 routinely checked their health. It’s because that when a woman is already at her 50, she can develop the disease over her lifetime with four in five cases occur after the age of 50, according to charity Target Ovarian Cancer.
The ovarian cancer can be cured, in fact the symptoms can easily be known at early stage. About 70% of the women that had to come in contact with this cancer are cured. This can be done as long as the symptoms can easily be known on early stage. What the woman needs to do is just try to check on their health regularly regarding on any kind of health problem. And as for the symptoms itself, it may be associated with ovarian cancer include constant pain in pelvic region, abdominal inflammation, bloating or persistent ache in abdomen and eating difficulties.
The other ovarian cancers symptoms that can be taken into account are:
* Persistent pelvic or stomach pain.
* Increased tummy size and persistent bloating as opposed to bloating that comes and goes.
* Difficulty eating and feeling full quickly on most days.
Less common symptoms are:
* The need to wee suddenly or more often.
* Changes in bowel habit, for instance constipation or diarrhea.
* Feeling tired all the time.
* Back pain.
The symptoms are known thanks to the study that has been made by the NHS National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative in 2008. However, a survey by Ovarian Cancer Action says that about 80% of women would not recognize any of these signs.
Consultant gynaecology oncologist Dr Khalil Razvi of Southend University Hospital advises: “See your GP if you have persistent symptoms for four weeks or longer. Chances are it’s not ovarian cancer but any symptoms, especially pain, that last this long needs to be investigated. And if it does turn out to be ovarian cancer, the sooner you’re diagnosed and treated, the better your survival chances.”
Stay alert, keep your health check women.