It’s so important to look after our health, especially as we get older. One of the things that us ladies need to be aware of is ovarian cancer. It’s a horrible disease, and it is important to be able to spot the early telltale signs, in order to get treatment as soon as possible.
Here are a number of common symptoms associated with the early stages of ovarian cancer – remember, I’m not a doctor, so this is not medical advice.
1. Constant bloating
A little bloating from time to time is perfectly normal, and is experienced by most women, especially those of us who are of a certain age. It can even be caused by things like consuming too much food or liquid in too short a space of time. But if your feeling of bloating persists over more than 2 or 3 weeks, make sure you go and get it checked out by a doctor. It’s probably nothing to worry about, and may be an undiagnosed intestinal issue such as IBS, but it could be an early sign of ovarian issues. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
2. Pain in lower abdomen or pelvis
As we all know, it is perfectly common and normal to experience pain during our menstrual cycle. Sometimes these pains can be so debilitating that it is impossible to leave the house. However, if these pains continue past the cycle of menstruation, and especially if they get more and more intense, it may be a sign of ovarian cancer. Tragically, many women who contract ovarian cancer stay undiagnosed, because they mistake these pains for period cramps. Go see your doctor if you are unsure.
3. Eating changes
It is common for the way we eat to change over time, especially for those of us who struggle with our weight. However, if you have noticed that you have completely lost your appetite over a lengthy period of time, you should seek medical attention. It may just be down to stress or other mental factors, so try not to worry too much. But, as with all the rest of these symptoms, it is better to stay on the safe side.
4. Urgent need to urinate
If you have noticed an increased intensity in your peeing habits, but haven’t been taking in any more liquids than you normally would, this is something to keep an eye on. This is particularly the case if you find yourself needing to pee urgently – for example, feeling like you don’t need the toilet whatsoever, then a minute later having to rush to the bathroom. If you have to relieve your bladder more and more, tell your doctor about it and see what their recommendation is.
If you have experienced any of the above, please seek guidance from a medical professional. They will be able to tell you whether your symptoms are benign or need to be looked into further. As we said at the start of the article – this article does not constitute medical advice, as we are not qualified to do so.
Aunty wishes you all the best of health for the new year.