Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among US women. Ovarian cancer starts in the ovaries. The ovaries are two small organs that are part of the female reproductive organ that produces ova (eggs). The ovaries are also responsible in producing female hormones, estrogen, and progesterone.
In the early stages of ovarian cancer it is often a silent condition producing minimal, if any signs or symptoms. As the tumor grow larger in the ovary, it may exert pressure on the bowel, and other organs in your abdominal cavity, causing hazy symptoms that are easily confused with those of other illnesses.
The signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer are non-specific. Most patients with ovarian cancer has presented with the following symptoms over a period of several months:
- Abnormal bleeding from the vagina
- Irregular menstrual cycle
- Pain and swelling around the abdominal area
- The feeling of pain and pressure around the pelvic area
- Indigestion, gas or nausea
- Frequent urination
- Unexplained changes in bowel habits such as constipation or diarrhea
- Unintended weight loss or gain
- Felling of fullness ever after a light meal
- Pain during intercourse
If you experience any of the above ovarian cancer symptoms it is advised that you see your healthcare provider for a more thorough check so the proper diagnose and treatment can be apply.