Being that September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month I thought I would take a minute and list the sign and symptoms for you. Yes, I do realize that today is the last day of September, but better late than never, right?
The following are common symptoms of Ovarian Cancer taken from Mayo Clinic’s website. If you have any of the symptoms on the list you should see a doctor. Even better prevention is to have yearly checkups with your doctor. My cancer was discovered during a routine checkup…I didn’t have any symptoms. You can read my cancer story here.
Signs & Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer:
Early-stage ovarian cancer rarely causes any symptoms. Advanced-stage ovarian cancer may cause few and nonspecific symptoms that are often mistaken for more common benign conditions, such as constipation or irritable bowel.
Signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer may include:
- Abdominal bloating or swelling
- Quickly feeling full when eating
- Weight loss
- Discomfort in the pelvis area
- Changes in bowel habits, such as constipation
- A frequent need to urinate
When to see a doctor
Make an appointment with your doctor if you have any signs or symptoms that worry you.
If you have a family history of ovarian cancer or breast cancer, talk to your doctor about your risk of ovarian cancer. Your doctor may refer you to a genetic counselor to discuss testing for certain gene mutations that increase your risk of breast and ovarian cancers. Only a small number of women are found to have genetic mutations that can lead to ovarian cancer.
Wishing you all a lifetime of health!