At UT Health East Texas HOPE Cancer Center, we’ve been helping people in East Texas fight cancer for more than 30 years. Everyone wants to be proactive and vigilant about ovarian cancer screening. We know how a cancer diagnosis can affect a person’s life.
Ovarian cancer is difficult to detect in the early stages, because the ovaries are small and located deep in the abdominal cavity, so it is difficult for the doctor to feel the growth on it. Ovarian cancer is also difficult to diagnose early because the symptoms are similar to those of other diseases. Only 20% of all ovarian cancer cases are detected in the early stages. Ovarian cancer is often not detected until it has spread to the pelvis or abdomen. Ovarian cancer may be more difficult to treat at this late stage, but it is not impossible. Early stage ovarian cancer, where the disease is limited to the ovaries, is more likely to be successfully treated.
You may be wondering, “What are the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer?” may wonder. may be surprised. Don’t worry, there are many symptoms of ovarian cancer. Therefore, we will tell you everything you need to know about identifying the first signs and symptoms of this rare and dangerous disease.
What are the chances of getting ovarian cancer?
It is estimated that more than 22,000 American women have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year alone. Ovarian cancer is usually treated with surgery and chemotherapy.
According to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC), only about 19 percent of ovarian cancers are diagnosed at an early stage. According to the American Cancer Society, a woman has a 1 in 75 chance of developing ovarian cancer in her lifetime and a 1 in 100 chance of dying from ovarian cancer.
What are the early symptoms of ovarian cancer?
In the early stages of ovarian cancer, there are no symptoms. Advanced stages of ovarian cancer have few, non-specific symptoms. It should be noted that these symptoms are commonly mistaken for benign disorders.
These symptoms of ovarian cancer can appear at any stage of the disease. It includes:
Pelvic or abdominal pain or cramping
Tumors growing in the pelvic cavity are very common and cause pain in the lower abdomen. Because this discomfort is similar to menstruation, many women consider abdominal pain harmless.
Rapid satiety or loss of appetite after eating
In some patients with ovarian cancer, ascites, a swelling-like accumulation of fluid, can cause a decreased appetite or a feeling of fullness more quickly.
Indigestion or indigestion
You feel the need to urinate more often or urgently than usual
Sometimes you may have the urge to urinate, but when you try, only a small drop (or nothing) comes out. When ovarian cancer cells adhere to the bladder wall or pelvic ascites compresses the bladder, the urge to urinate increases and women need to urinate more often.
Low back and pelvic pain and pressure Women with ovarian cancer experience back pain when fluid builds up in the pelvic cavity or when the tumor spreads to the abdomen and pelvis, causing direct irritation to the back tissue.
Bloating and/or constipation
Before being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you may have constant heartburn and gas for several months. It is common among ovarian cancer patients and is characterized by general abdominal discomfort such as bloating and flatulence.
Enlargement or abdominal swelling in the abdominal area
Pain during sex
Unexplained pain during intercourse can be a symptom of ovarian cancer.
Menstrual Changes Changes in a woman’s menstrual cycle, such as heavier than normal bleeding or irregular bleeding, can be a sign of ovarian cancer. In addition to age, there are other factors that increase a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer during menstruation. Some of these include menopause after the age of 50, menarche before the age of 12, never having children, and having a child for the first time after the age of 30.
Sudden weight loss without changes in diet or exercise can be a sign of ovarian cancer. However, keep in mind that these symptoms can be caused by a variety of conditions. Often they respond to basic treatment or disappear on their own.
Late-stage ovarian cancer can cause respiratory problems. As the tumor grows, it presses on the lungs and interferes with the patient’s breathing and breathing.