Stay Alert: Early Symptoms Which May Indicate Ovarian Cancer Development

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Here is a fact: ovarian cancer is the fifth-leading cause of death among other types of cancer in women. Studies say that this disease develops stealthily and it is impossible to cure once it exposes itself.

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The symptoms are often vague and misleading as they may indicate other illnesses related to the bowels, stomach, and urinary tract.

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They call ovarian cancer a silent killer as it is hard to recognize the early symptoms, but there are still some signs and hints your body gives you when the disease is just starting to develop.

1. Persistent abdominal pain that does not stop.

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2. Unexplained and rapid weight loss.

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3. Nausea after eating, or feeling full after consuming a small amount of food.

4. Bloating. It could be nothing, just PMS or indigestion, but if it lasts for weeks and gets more persistent pay additional attention to it along with other symptoms.

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5. Frequent urination or false feelings of it.

6. Changes in bowel habits.

7. Persistent back pain that does not stop.

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8. Extreme fatigue.

9. Pain during sex.

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It is impossible to predict what causes ovarian cancer, but women with hereditary factors or certain medical issues carry a bigger risk. A family history of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, colon cancer, or uterine cancer is reported to be linked to ovarian cancer development.

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Some risk factors also include:

- Early menstruation (before age 12),

- The first pregnancy after 30,

- Never taking oral contraceptives,

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- No childbirth experience,

- Menopause after 50,

- Infertility, regardless of the use of fertility drugs.

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The frequency of ovarian cancer cases increases with age too. It is difficult to identify this disease through screening tests, so be vigilant about your body's cues.

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