7 Signs of Ovarian Cancer you Should Know

By:Vasudha Bhat, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Mar 24, 2015

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Ovarian cancer could kill you silently. The symptoms of this fatal disease are so subtle that they are often mistaken for other not-so-serious conditions. So, here we list down some early signs of ovarian cancer which should not be missed.
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    The Silent Killer

    Ovarian cancer is often referred as the silent killer. Why, you may ask. The answer is simple. The symptoms of ovarian cancer are very subtle and non-specific. Besides, they can also indicate a variety of different conditions, which can be mild as well as serious.  Only 20 percent of ovarian cancer can be found in early stages. So, here we have listed down 7 early signs of ovarian cancer, which you must keep an eye on.

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    Sudden Weight Loss

    If you have not been exercising or have not been on a diet, but are shedding 10 or more pounds, it could be a sign of ovarian cancer in its early stage. See a doctor immediately if you have been experiencing sudden and unexpected weight loss.

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    Frequent Urge to Urinate

    A sudden increase in the frequency of urination could be a sign of ovarian cancer. This includes bouts of incontinence or complete loss of bladder control even before you reach the bathroom.

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    Lower Back Pain

    Lower back pain, like the one which radiates to the pelvic area, could be a sign of ovarian cancer. The ache could also be persistent, dull and an painful.

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    Abdominal Pain and Bloating

    An increase in the abdomen size, bloating and production of gas could happen in the early stages of ovarian cancer. In many patients, abdominal pain, which lasted for more than 2 weeks and was not associated with diarrhea, period or stomach flu, was observed.

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    Change in Bowel System

    Ovarian cancer is often followed by symptoms like diarrhea, constipation and changes in bowel habits. This happens when the tumour swells and puts pressure on the bladder, bowel and stomach.

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    Symptoms like heartburn, gastro-intestinal issues, nausea, gas and constant indigestion are common signs of ovarian cancer.

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    Vaginal Bleeding

    Bleeding outside your menstrual cycle is an uncommon sign of ovarian cancer. These include other vaginal abnormalities such as thick discharge, sudden development of blisters or sores in the vaginal area and change in skin colour.

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