Dr. Robert Reynolds
Ask a Pro- Cervical Cancer

 

 

Q: My mom passed away from ovarian cancer and I’m wondering what the symptoms are?

A:  Ovarian cancer is known as the “silent killer” because symptoms are often so subtle; they just seem like routine or common annoyances. However, the difference is that they will occur almost every day and not go away. The trouble is that by the time symptoms are considered an issue the cancer has spread and progressed too far to treat effectively. With only 20-percent of cases of ovarian cancers found early enough to treat the disease, here are some symptoms to watch for:

Abdominal Pain- Pain in the pelvic area or belly that feels very different from normal indigestion

Indigestion- Persistent indigestion, gas, nausea, heartburn are common of ovarian cancer

Loss of Appetite- This cancer impacts metabolism and can cause an abrupt loss of appetite

Urinary Frequency- Urinating more often or bouts of incontinence

Altering Constipation and Diarrhea- Occurs when the tumor puts pressure on the bowel or bladder.

Dull Lower Back Pain- Similar to labor pain

Bleeding- Spotting or irregular vaginal bleeding outside of your menstrual period

If you have questions or concerns, please contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible.

 

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