Because early-stage ovarian cancer can rarely be detected, it is vital for women to understand the signs and symptoms. They masquerade as normal, every day issues that all women face and are often ignored because of their mundane nature.
Signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer may include:
Abdominal bloating or swelling
Feeling full quickly after eating
Loss of appetite
Upset stomach or indegestion
Discomfort, pain or cramping in the pelvic area
Pain in the lower back
Changes in bowel habits, such as constipation
A frequent need to urinate
Lumps or firmness in the abdomen
Listen to your body and take a proactive approach by learning the signs. Discuss your risk factors and any noticeable symptoms with a doctor, no matter how “normal” they may seem.
Do not ignore the small signs. Speak up and reach out to your doctor, even if you’re not sure.
Spread the word! Share this information with your friends and loved ones so that they may be proactive as well.
REMEMBER - Advocating for yourself IS advocating for your family!