What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer is frequently undetectable in its early stages. The symptoms mainly include fatigue, back pain, sex-related pain, constipation, irregular menstruation, abdominal swelling, bloating, stomach pain, fullness, urinary urgency, weight loss, and even post-menopausal bleeding. Ovarian cancer is a silent killer as women commonly disregard the symptoms due to a lack of knowledge, awareness, and access to the healthcare system.

In the early stages, ovarian cancer is mostly unrecognisable as the condition does not show noticeable symptoms. But a study has shown that ‘Women with ovarian cancer experience symptoms more frequently, severely, and persistently than women without the disease’. Another study published in (2021) suggests that the symptoms of ovarian cancer are common and often delay the diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Moreover, all women do not suffer from all the symptoms that can further delay the diagnosis to the late stage. 

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS) website, ovarian cancer shows the symptoms of bloating, abdominal pain, fullness and urinary urgency. Other symptoms are fatigue, upset stomach, back pain, pain during sex, constipation, irregular menstruation, abdominal swelling, weight loss etc. These symptoms do not specifically heed a warning against ovarian cancer because they can also occur due to other health conditions.

The National Health Service (NHS) website has provided another symptom of bleeding from the vagina after menopause. Postmenstrual bleeding must not be ignored as it is a symptom of ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is considered a “silent killer” because the symptoms are often overlooked by women due to less knowledge, low awareness and inability to access the healthcare system.

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