Killing 12,000 women every year in the United States and many more in other countries, ovarian cancer is essentially a silent killer which lurks in the dark without causing any symptoms and strikes many unsuspecting women. The absence of symptoms is however a myth. All diseases will have symptoms. It is only that we don’t notice them or tend to ignore them as they seem mild or unimportant to us.
There are some very common symptoms associated with ovarian cancer as well which most women ignore and walk ahead, only to fall into the deep pit from where there is no possible escape.
Common Symptoms Of Ovarian Cancer
During the initial stages of ovarian cancer, the symptoms will be very mild and unless you are very observant will miss your eye. You will be faced with a frequent need for urination as the tumour starts pressing on your bladder. You will also have chances of developing a urinary tract infection if the urination is slow due to blocking of the urinary tract by the tumour. Both these symptoms can occur independently without any connection to ovarian cancer and hence can be missed easily.
If you have a constant feeling of pressure from within your lower abdomen, do not dismiss it as flatulence. If the symptom persists even after you have not taken much food, it could be due to ovarian cancer. When the tumour hits core areas like the colon and the rectum, this pressure could be felt when you pass stools as well.
You would most probably have constipation as the tumour can block proper movement of stools through the colon making way for dried stools on the walls of the colon and constipation. It’s not uncommon that some women have loose stools due to the increased pressure on the colon and frequent passing of motion.
Menstrual cycle will sometimes turn irregular and you have chances of missed periods as well. This will occur when the tumour blocks the flow of blood through the vagina. In other cases, there will be heavy menstruation with increased pain and bleeding which too can be due to ovarian cancer.
Tingling And Numbness
Tingling and numbness of the hands and fingers are very common during ovarian cancer as the tumour might sometimes be in such a location that it can put pressure on core nerves that travel to the leg, back and pelvic region.
One of the most common symptoms of ovarian cancer is pelvic pain which can start from the pelvis and radiate to the back and the legs as well when the cancer progresses. You will have a feeling of pressure in the pelvic region and will most often have this pain as a dull ache which is there all the time. Sometimes the pain can be sharp as well. If the pain is nagging and frequent without ever going away completely, then it must be taken seriously and treatment started to prevent the cancer from advancing anymore and cause damage to the other organs.