Ovarian Cancer: Symptoms You Should Know About Ovarian Cancer

Many time Ovarian Cancer is referred to as the “silent killer” because by the time a woman is diagnosed, the cancer has already spread. However, there are indeed symptoms of Ovarian Cancer and here are the ones you should take note of and report to your doctor if they persist. *Lasting more than a few weeks

* Abdominal or Pelvic Area Pain
* Bloating
* Urinary Frequency or Urgency
* Feeling Full Very Quickly or Loss of Appetite
* Menstrual Changes or discharge that is not normal for you
* Pain during Sex
* Persistently tired, lack of energy
* Indigestion that is ongoing, gas or nausea
* Back Pain

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Ovarian Cancer Risk Factors

The risk of Ovarian Cancer increases with Age. Most are diagnosed after age 60, and women older than 65 account for half of all cases.

**IMPORTANT – Just because you are statistically less likely to be diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer if you are younger, do not let this fact deter you from consulting a physician if you have the persistent symptoms listed above. A 38 young woman from my neighborhood was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer, so it can happen in younger women as well.

Family history is another risk factor for Ovarian Cancer. Your risk is increased by three if you have a close relative with the disease.

Ethnicity: European and North American white women have the highest incidence of ovarian cancer, with black women showing the lowest rates. Asian women living in Asian countries have a low risk, but this changes if they move to a Western country and assume the Western diet and lifestyles.

Childbearing History: Risk is increased for women who have few or no children, or who have not born a child until after age 35. THose somen who are menopausal after age 50, or who started menstruation before the age of 12 are also at higher risk.

Taking birth control pills may lower the risk of ovarian cancer, but women who have previously been diagnosed with breast or endometrial cancer have an increased risk of ovarian cancer.

The bottom line is to become familar with what is “normal” for your body, and pay attention to any unusual symptoms that you may experience. If in doubt at all, bring any changes in your bowel or bladder habits to your doctor, especially if accompanied by pain in your abdomen. If you’ve laready seen a doctor and have not been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, but your symptoms are not being relieved, notify your doctor and make an appointment for another visit, or get a 2nd opinion from a different doctor.

Ovarian cancer does have symptoms and the chance of being cured if it is caught early is from 85-90 percent. So pass this article along to your friends, neighbors, and colleagues, so that all women know the warning signs of ovarian cancer.