“I’m so lucky. I urge women to pay attention to what’s going on in their body. They know themselves better than anybody else. If something’s bothering you, so what if they think you’re crazy, go the doctor.”
Ovarian Cancer National Alliance website
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How you can help prevent
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Until recently doctors thought that early-stage ovarian cancer rarely produced any symptoms, and there was no way to detect it early. We chose to include Ovarian cancer because new evidence has shown many women do have symptoms before the disease has spread. Being aware of this may lead to earlier detection of Ovarian cancer (and in some cases other gynecological disease like Uterine cancer), before they become life-altering.
What to Do
The following symptoms of ovarian cancer, and sometimes other gynecological cancers, tend to mimic those of other conditions, including digestive disorders. With a digestive disorder, they tend to come and go. With other gynecological cancers the symptoms are constant and will gradually worsen.
It is important to check with a doctor if you experience any of the symptoms described below, especially if they persist.
General abdominal or pelvic discomfort and/or pain (gas, indigestion, nausea, pressure, swelling, bloating, cramps)
Nausea, diarrhea, constipation, or urinary urgency and frequent urination
Loss of appetite
Unexplained weight loss or gain
Clothes fitting tighter around your waist
Pain during intercourse
Abnormal bleeding from the vagina
A persistent lack of energy
Low back pain
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