Not a “silent killer”

Good morning everybody.  There are saying that “it’s never too late, when early diagnose”.  It’s true.   Many of us thought that they are strong and they will not acquire any disease.  It’s wrong.  It happened sometimes that we don’t expect and we don’t have any single idea.

Conventional wisdom says that ovarian cancer has no symptoms early on, so diagnosis is often delayed until the disease becomes so far advanced that it is difficult to treat.  But study suggests that early-stage symptoms do, in fact, exist.

Research shows that before diagnosis, women with the disease experience a cluster of symptoms such as bloating, abdominal pain and urinary incontinence, says Barbara Goff, M.D., a professor of obstetrics-gynecology at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle.  These symptoms may provide an opportunity to detect ovarian cancer in its early, must treatable stage.

Occasional bloating and gastrointestinal (GI) discomfort, especially around the time of your period, are not uncommon, but more frequent and severe symptoms that last longer than usual may indicate something more serious.  Researchers learned that women with malignant masses typically experienced symptoms  20 to 30 times a month and they were worse than those related to menstruation.  The most common symptoms associated with malignancy include bloating or a feeling of fullness, constipation, abdominal or pelvic pain and frequent or urgent urination.

So tell your doctor about any persistent GI symptoms, even if they seem vague, and don’t be afraid to bring up the possibility of ovarian cancer.  She’ll probably perform a recto-vaginal pelvic exam to feel for tenderness or masses and may recommend a follow-up ultrasound. – Arricca Elin SanSome


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