As the “silent killer,” ovarian cancer is universally feared, as it presents very few symptoms.Here’s six early warning signs to watch out for.
A Swollen Stomach
Ovarian cancer causes internal inflammation, which can become visible.
Unexplained Weight Loss
Whilst many people would be glad to ditch a few pounds, without any exercise or dieting, sudden weight loss is a common symptom of cancer, and should be investigated immediately.
Indigestion and Abdominal Pain
We all get stomach pain sometimes, either because we’ve eaten too much, or it’s just that time of the month. But persistent discomfort might be cause for concern, especially if it’s centred around the pelvis.
Unpredictable Bowel Movements
As the cancer grows, it puts pressure on the bowel, which can cause your toilet habits to change. If you’re constipated one day, then glued to the toilet the next, this could be a warning.
Bleeding from your vagina isn’t, in itself, unusual. It happens to everyone at least once a month. It can also be caused by urinary infections, and some over-zealous activity in the bedroom.
Loss of Appetite
If you’re usually a two-dinners kind of person, and you suddenly can’t face some toast, it’s time for alarm bells to ring. Cancers alter your bodies metabolism, causing a loss of appetite, as well as pressuring the abdominal cavity, and reducing the size of your stomach.