Do you know the symptoms for Ovarian Cancer?

If you have ovaries I need your attention for 2 minutes.

What is Ovarian Cancer? Ovarian cancer is a disease where some of the cells in one or both ovaries start to grow abnormally and develop into cancer. It is the eighth most common cancer and the sixth most common cause of cancer death affecting women in Australia. Wowser!

Approximately 1,300 new cases of ovarian cancer are diagnosed in Australian women each year. In 2007, there were 848 deaths caused by ovarian cancer in Australia.

That is such a high number, 848 deaths.Why does this cancer carry such a high mortality rate? Because the symptoms for Ovarian Cancer are identical to the symptoms most women experience every month: bloating, abdominal pain, frequent urination, nausea, fatigue, lower back pain. The list goes on!

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So many women dismiss the symptoms and unfortunately this leads to the cancer becoming advanced. Every woman needs to know the symptoms of ovarian cancer.

Symptoms of ovarian cancer

There is no early detection test for ovarian cancer, so all  women need to be aware of the symptoms. The Pap smear  doesn’t detect ovarian cancer; it detects cervical cancer. The most commonly reported symptoms for ovarian cancer are
  • Abdominal or pelvic (lower tummy) pain
  • Increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal
  • Bloating
  • Needing to urinate often or urgently
  • Feeling full after eating a small amount
Additional symptoms
  • Changes in bowel habits
  • Bleeding after menopause or in-between periods
  • Unexplained weight gain or loss
  • Lower back pain
  • Indigestion or nausea
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Pain during sex or bleeding after sex

I’m nodding my head and saying Tick, Tick, Tick, Tick. I experience ALL of those symptoms. Do you?

The next step is to keep a symptom diary. Download here.   Keep the diary for four weeks and see your GP immediately if you’re concerned.

Knowing the symptoms could save your life.

Visit http://www.ovariancancer.net.au/ for more information. 

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