Silent but Deadly - Every Woman Should know the Warning signs of Ovarian Cancer.
Ovarian cancer is a frightening and potentially lethal cancer that effects women, especially older women. It’s one of the more common cancers, as well—in 2012, 152,000 women died from ovarian cancer. One of the most frightening aspects about ovarian cancer is that it often has no symptoms early on—yet early detection is important, because if you catch it early enough, doctors have a very high success rate at treating you. While there is no “magic bullet” symptom, there are some common symptoms that you should look for. If these symptoms don’t have an obvious cause, going to see your doctor is probably a very good idea.
There are obviously many possible sources for back pain, including simple muscle sprains and arthritis. However, if you have back pain that begins to worsen over time, and you simply cannot find a cause, it could be an early warning sign for ovarian cancer. At the very least, if there’s no obvious external source for it, you should have it checked out by a medical professional.
Pain in Lower Abdomen or Pelvic Region
Pain is one of the easiest symptoms to recognize, though one of the least specific ones to diagnose. If you have pain in your lower abdomen, or a sudden heaviness around your pelvis on a regular basis with no obvious external cause, it could be a sign of early-stage ovarian cancer.
Very Abnormal Menstrual Cycles
While most of us associate ovarian cancer with middle age or the elderly—and, in fact, about 70 percent of ovarian cancer cases occur in women 55 or older—pre-menopausal women can also develop the disease. If your menstrual cycle starts changing dramatically, then that’s a good reason to consult your doctor.