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5 Early Signs of Ovarian Cancer that you should not miss

Nithya Lakshmi | June 12, 2018

Ovarian cancer is one of the deadliest occurring cancer in the reproductive system, the symptoms of which are hardly detected until it reaches the third or fourth stage. This delay in detecting ovarian cancer is because there is enough space for the tumor to remain hidden until it grows larger and becomes more visible. What looks like a very normal change in your body might actually be due to ovarian cancer which must not be neglected. Listed below are the five most common symptoms of ovarian cancer that should not be ignored-

1) Heartburn

You might face heartburn due to an improper diet or due to excessive alcohol consumption. This might be due to stress as well. But if the heartburn continues for another week then you must visit your doctor. A prolonged heartburn is a serious sign of cancer in the ovaries, stomach or throat as it can damage the layers of the oesophagus.


2) Loss of Appetite

Simple symptoms like a loss of appetite is sure to make you overlook the underlying cause, which could be cancer. A heavy loss of appetite wherein you either eat a little and feel full quickly or you are hardly able to eat your meals may mean that something is wrong in your ovaries. Along with this, you will find it difficult to swallow and suffer discomfort in your abdomen. Visit your doctor as soon as possible if you experience these symptoms. 


3) Bloating

Women tend to bloat naturally. If the condition persists along with a pressure or pain in your abdomen, then it is something you need to look into seriously. Constant bloating for more than a week has been stated as one of the most common symptoms of cancer, be it ovarian, gastrointestinal, pancreatic, colon or breast.


4) Irregular Periods

When your menstrual cycles are very irregular -occurring either too early or too late or if you have missed a monthly cycle then you need to check with your doctor. At times, you might face a lot of bleeding during your periods or it might even bleed after your monthly cycle, all these are  signs of ovarian cancer. You need to discuss this with your doctor in detail and take a test immediately.


5) Severe Abdominal Pain

While an abdominal pain can be attributed to many reasons such as  period pain or gastrointestinal issues, if you experience severe abdominal pain after your period cycle then this could be a symptom of ovarian cancer. Most  patients who end up with ovarian cancer come with signs of abdominal bloating or swelling coupled with pain. A complete check-up will help you in this case.

If you’re experiencing any of the above-mentioned symptoms, don’t take it lightly. Consult a doctor at the earliest.

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Nithya Lakshmi


Women Health


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