Ovarian cancer is one of the most dangerous diseases which I have ever feared of. It is one health condition which starts from the ovaries and spreads to every possible corner of a woman's body. The cancer cells have the ability to break down the entire immune system. From the loss of appetite to occasional back pains, the symptoms share a vast range of problems and some even tell what stage cancer might be at.
Find out the earliest symptoms of ovarian cancer and know all about it in the following 15 images.
Stay safe and healthy!
Heartburn is when unwanted acid is produced in your body moving up from stomach towards oesophagus; it causes burning pain at the back of your breastbone. The same leads to nausea too, the relation of the two with ovarian cancer is rare, yet you don't want to take chances if they occur persistently along with the following signs.
While having intercourse, there's a possibility that it becomes painful because of vaginal dryness, tightness, irritation (due to some infection) or poor hygiene of clitoris. Nothing new, yet in the case of pelvic pain (left or right) then, there's a high chance of advanced stage of cancer.
This one is known to be a silent killer when it comes to ovarian cancer symptoms. Swelling around the middle portion of the body or distended body is the most ignored sign of your suffering. Don't ignore this one (if it isn't middle age spread or winter weight gain) and get yourself examined.
Just like life, persistence is the key here. You didn't eat properly and suffer from fatigue is one and directly relating it to ovarian cancer is different. Not all people who suffer from it have cancer. Also, cancer cells hinder the growth and functioning of healthy cells resulting in fatigue.
You'll know to figure it out in a better way with the following two points.
Well, like cancer cells which grow exponentially, if you're feeling full only after eating a few bites or not consuming much food as you used to then you're progressing towards the disease.
Thinking about the cancer cells, well, the current point and the following ones contribute more to it collectively.
You don't want to eat even after you're tired, leads to weight loss or obesity (possibly due to acidic fluids, heartburn remember) and when you're facing all these kinds of problems in life, then ovarian cancer stands a high chance of entering your life.
With all that going on, the next system which this kind of cancer targets is your digestive system. Yes, ovarian cancer spreads like this, spoiling other parts of your body so, don't take the signs lightly if you are suffering from these.
The next thing in line is IBS causing diarrhoea, constipation, abdominal pain, gas, and bloating, altogether. Your immune system getting hit by all these at the same time is a major sign that you might be experiencing the start of ovarian cancer.
You worked out more than usual in the gym today or had a tiring day is one thing, and out of random severe back pain, another. It could mean that your cancer has grown outside of your ovaries and is in stage 2 or 3.
You feel tired all the time, no matter what you do; even when you do nothing at all.
It also has a lot to do with your lungs.
According to doctors when cancer starts to affect other parts of your body, it has reached stage 4. Just like when you have trouble breathing and run out of breath more often than the odds are low that cancer hasn't left the ovaries yet.
You've known a few symptoms by now, but the key is in not only knowing them but strictly observing the order of things. Irregularity in your periods might not be new but if it is happening along with the symptoms you've gone through by now or along with the ones you're about to read then, that it needs your attention.
You've entered the menopause phase and the periods have stopped, but after 12 months of time, they start again.
It can be because of something minor as womb lining inflammation or major as ovarian cancer; don't take the chance and get the tests done.
Lately, you've been urinating more than usual, and that isn't a good sign since that signifies one of the stage 2 symptoms of ovarian cancer.
Symptoms of Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) tend to be similar to that of ovarian cancer but since we humans still haven't discovered a method to know when the cancer cells have been initiated; all we can do is keep a check on the irregularities.
Lastly, remember, the symptoms you've read can be experienced by a person who has ovarian cancer on a daily basis or not at all. Ovarian cancer or not, there is something going wrong, and you need to get sorted, right? Plus, there's an age factor of the person being over 50 which makes the woman more vulnerable to the same and the family history of breast or ovarian cancer also has an impact on the same.
P.S. It is not necessary that you have ovarian cancer if you face these symptoms.
Updated by Cnishq