1) Usually Ovarian Cancer is not detected until the late stages, because when the symptoms appear, they are often very vague and mimic other, more common ailments. This makes it very difficult to properly diagnose the disease.
2) Ovarian Cancer has been called the "Silent Killer" because it's symptoms were not thought to develop until the chance for a cure was poor.** However, it really does "whisper" ! ! !
3) Recently studies have shown that the following symptoms are more likely to occur in women with ovarian cancer than women in the general population.**
4) If a woman experiences any of the following symptoms for more than two (2)weeks she should see her doctor:**
.....Bloating and/or feeling of fullness**
.....Abdominal swelling and/or pain**
.....Frequency and/or urgency of urination**
.....Pain in lower back or sciatic nerve pains
.....Change in bowel habits**
.....Unusual fatigue or backaches**
.....Persistent gastrointestinal complaints such as nausea, indigestion, or gas**
.....Abnormal or postmenopausal bleeding**
.....Unexplained weight loss or gain**
You must be PROACTIVE with your doctor, since these are factors of other more common ailments, but you are possibly playing with your life........TAKE CHARGE AND BE PROACTIVE!!! Demand an ultra sound test, pelvic and rectal exam, and a CA-125 blood test.
5) If a woman has had both ovaries removed, she should pay close attention to the above symptoms because there is a small chance that they may develop primary peritoneal cancer. These cancers have similar symptoms as ovarian cancer.
** "Ovarian Cancer", The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
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