Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cause of cancer deaths in women, claiming over 14,000 lives each year, according to the American Cancer Society. Ovarian cancer is the most deadly of all the cancers that may affect the female reproductive system. It is more likely to occur in white women than African American women, and over half of those diagnosed with ovarian cancer symptoms are over the age of 63.
Recently, the tragic death of Brittany Burns, (girlfriend to a noted Buffalo Bills football player) has recently brought this silent but deadly disease to the attention of the media.
Detecting Early Ovarian Cancer Symptoms Can Save Lives
Women who are diagnosed in the early stage of ovarian cancer have a 90% likelihood of survival. Sadly, a lack of general knowledge about ovarian cancer symptoms means that most women are not diagnosed until the disease is much further advanced.
Unfortunately, the early symptoms of ovarian cancer apply to many other less serious conditions, but if these symptoms persist on a daily basis for two to three weeks, it is essential to visit your doctor and have them checked out.
The four early symptoms of ovarian cancer, according to the Foundation for Women's Cancer, are:
- Frequent bloating
- Pain in the stomach or pelvis
- Feeling full quickly or having problems eating
- Urinating, or feeling the need to do so, more often than in the past
While all these symptoms may be experienced as part of everyday life at some stage, they are more likely to be ovarian cancer symptoms if they start suddenly, happen daily and continuously, and if feel differently to common menstrual aches and pains (for women of menstruating age.)
Additional symptoms of ovarian cancer, although alone these are not indicative of cancer, include:
- Back pain
- Pain with sexual intercourse
- Changes in menstrual cycle
Pass this information on to the women in your family and circle of friends. By making everyone aware of ovarian cancer symptoms, lives may be saved and the tragic death of Brittany Burns will not have been in vain.