Ovarian cancer symptoms can be different, and and if you have one, immediately seek medical help, because it can be fatal for you.
What are the symptoms?
- Persistent pelvic or abdominal pain
- Persistent bloating for no apparent reason
- Dysphagia – Difficulty swallowing or feeling full quickly
- Need to urinate urgently or more frequently than usual
Occasionally other symptoms occur such as changes in the work of the intestine, extreme fatigue, unexplained weight loss or loss of appetite.
Any post-menopausal bleeding should always be examined by a gynecologist.
The symptoms may be:
- Common – they usually occur more than 12 times a month
- Persistent – would not go away
- New – they are not normal and started to appear in the last year
Bloated stomach, need for frequent urination, abdominal pain and always feel swollen, could be symptoms of ovarian cancer.
You know how you feel when you are completely healthy, so if there are any unusual signs, it is best to start a journal.
Talk to your gynecologist about frequent symptoms that are new for you. Tell him if someone in your family had ovarian or breast cancer.
Other conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome have symptoms similar to ovarian cancer but if your symptoms do not clear up, go back to your gynecologist or seek a second opinion, even if you already have had tests.
Here are some women with ovarian cancer that talk about their experience of ovarian cancer symptoms. Find out what they said in this video.