Women Share Their 6 Subtle Symptoms Of Deadly Ovarian Cancer To Detect The Disease Early On

Date June 19, 2018 15:45

When it comes to cancer, early detection is the most important life-saving factor, and it doesn’t matter what type of cancer it is. Some of them have very subtle early manifestations, while others cause no symptoms before it is too late. Luckily, ovarian cancer is one of the types which can be diagnosed in time due to different early symptoms. Let’s see what they are, according to the women who survived this horrible disease.

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Sandra Fenton’s miraculous recovery

Sandra Fenton has successfully beaten stage four ovarian cancer but admits she could’ve found the disease earlier. Looking back, the woman admits she had been experiencing certain subtle symptoms. Even doctors ignored them, which allowed the disease to grow and then spread to other parts of the body, leaving Sandra with extremely low chances for survival.

The woman was working for 10 hours a day, so she wasn’t really suspicious about her tiredness and lethargy. Sometimes, Sandra also had lower pelvic pain, that was "more of a niggle." The woman also experienced "horrendous night sweats." These minor symptoms were dismissed until one morning, the woman woke up with a "nine months pregnant" bloated stomach. That’s when she knew something was terribly wrong and she went to see her doctor. The scans showed stage four ovaries cancer.

It was chemo at first and then surgery that saved her life. However, the most important thing was Sandra’s attitude. The woman was 67 when she learned her diagnosis, and now she is 70 years old and cancer free. She wants to share her story to help more women recognize the early symptoms of this type of cancer.

What are the other possible early symptoms?

It is estimated that ovarian cancer typically occurs in women over 63 years of age. However, younger women can also develop the disease. Therefore, it is important to know the symptoms to recognize cancer early on.

1. Bleeding

Irregular bleeding can signal the development of the ovarian stromal tumor. Sheryl Newman was 53 when she was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer. She had already stopped getting her period when suddenly it came back:

In my case, it was that my period was coming every two weeks.

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2. Loss of appetite

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Like in Sandra Fenton’s case, the same fluid that causes bloating can result in poor appetite. Kimberly Singleton was 32 when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer:

I remember feeling full quickly. I always used to order this one salad out and could easily finish it, but suddenly, I was only eating half of it.

3. Cramps

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Pain that feels like menstrual cramps is a common symptom women with ovarian cancer can experience. It is very easy to ignore this sign. Sheryl recalls how it was:

In the very beginning, it felt like I was having menstrual cramps.

4. Back pain

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Another common early symptom of ovarian cancer is back pain that occurs for no reason and doesn’t go away. This pain can happen when fluid accumulates in the pelvis. Sheryl describes it as excruciating:

I came home from work one day in excruciating back pain. I couldn’t sit, I couldn’t stand. It was constant. The pain was so bad that it would wake me up in the night.

5. Problems with digestion

Bloating, constipation, heartburn, excess gas, and other symptoms related to digestion can also indicate ovarian cancer. Alicia Dellario, 54, dismissed her symptoms:

I was nearing my 50th birthday and I was feeling a lot of gas, but I chalked it up to eating a high-fiber or maybe just getting older.

6. Increased urge to urinate /

Alicia was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer due to increased urination. None of the previous symptoms were slowing her down:

I was still running, working like a dog, and playing with my then 7-year-old daughter. My life hadn’t changed at all. If it wasn’t for the increased urination, I probably wouldn’t have gone to see anyone about it.

Ovarian cancer is extremely dangerous, as only 20 percent of all cases are detected early. Moreover, only 44.4 percent of women survive after receiving the diagnosis. An extremely late detection causes most of the deaths. Women should know the early symptoms to be able to save their lives!

                                                                                                Source: HealthLine, Queensland Government, Health

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