Ovarian cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to detect in its early stages, due to many of its symptoms being similar to those of other, less serious conditions. For example, persistent stomach pain, bloating, difficulty eating, and needing to urinate frequently are all symptoms of ovarian cancer, but can also be signs of conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, ovarian cysts, and polycystic ovary syndrome. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the signs of ovarian cancer and to seek medical help as soon as possible if they appear.
In recognition of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, it is important to note that the other symptoms of ovarian cancer may include indigestion, back pain, changes in bowel habits, unexplained weight loss, post-menopausal vaginal bleeding, and extreme tiredness. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, particularly if they are severe, persistent, or frequent, you should book an appointment with your GP or an ultrasound scan as soon as possible.
It is vital to be aware of the symptoms of ovarian cancer and to take appropriate action if they appear. Paying attention to your body and understanding the signs could be life-saving. Make sure to record any symptoms you’re experiencing so you can discuss them with your doctor. Taking part in Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is a great way to spread awareness and ensure people are informed about this dangerous disease.