Early detection of ovarian cancer is crucial and essential for effective treatment. Here is the most important information related to the symptoms of ovarian cancer, as follows:
Early symptoms of ovarian cancer
Detecting the symptoms of ovarian cancer early can be difficult, but there are some signs that should not be ignored, and recognizing them immediately greatly increases the chances of recovery. These are the main symptoms:
Excessive flatulence and gas
While bloating and gas problems are common among women, especially during menstruation, persistent daily bloating and excess gas for more than three weeks can be early symptoms of ovarian cancer. In addition, if bloating and gas are accompanied by a clearly distended abdomen, this should not be ignored.
Feeling constant pressure and pain in the abdomen, pelvis and lower back on a daily basis for more than three weeks in a row could be an early symptom of ovarian cancer that requires attention. Although these symptoms can accompany various other medical conditions, in the case of ovarian cancer they have distinctive features:
The pain is new, sudden, and has never happened before.
The pain is constant and does not subside.
There are no logical reasons for the pain.
Of course, women can try to reduce stress and anxiety in their lives and make changes to their diet. If these measures relieve your pain, the cause may not be ovarian cancer, but rather stress and improper diet.
Many factors and conditions, such as anxiety, stress, irritable bowel syndrome and ovarian cancer, can cause constipation. Doctors confirm that persistent constipation is one of the common early symptoms of ovarian cancer. Any sudden change in bowel movements and the nature of stool should be taken seriously.
Changes in urination
Usually, when a woman experiences a burning sensation during urination, pain, or uncomfortable changes in the urination process, it can be attributed to urinary tract problems. However, in some cases, such problems can be a symptom of ovarian cancer or an indication of a problem with the reproductive system. Here are some accompanying symptoms that may indicate the possibility of ovarian cancer, especially those associated with changes in urination:
Feeling pain or pressure in the bladder.
Frequent need to urinate.
- A sudden and urgent desire to urinate.
Loss of appetite and lack of desire to eat can be early symptoms of ovarian cancer, especially when accompanied by a quick feeling of fullness despite eating small amounts of food.
Irregular vaginal bleeding and cramps
Certain types of ovarian cancer may cause irregular vaginal bleeding, similar to menstrual bleeding but less frequent, and sometimes occurring outside of a regular menstrual cycle. Ovarian cancer can also be accompanied by painful abdominal cramps that resemble menstrual cramps.
Other symptoms of ovarian cancer
There are other symptoms of ovarian cancer that can appear at any stage of the disease, the most important of which are:
Unexplained and persistent fatigue.
Pain during intercourse.
Unexplained weight loss.
Ascites or fluid retention in the abdominal area.
Vomiting and nausea.
Changes in a woman’s menstrual cycle, such as menstruation becoming heavier or lighter.