Ovarian Cancer: Pay Attention to the Signs

Find out how you can recognize the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer.

Ovarian cancer is often considered difficult to detect since its symptoms can seem general or difficult to pinpoint for many women. But it is critical that women pay attention to their body and know when it is not responding normally or if certain symptoms don't improve. Here are some symptoms of ovarian cancer to watch for:

  • Bloating or feeling very "full." While many women feel bloated or full from time to time, this feeling should not come on suddenly or without explanation. Also, if it is a common digestive condition, it should abate over time.
  • Pain in your abdomen. Menstrual pain or digestive pain is common with women but if you feel a pain that remains unchanged over a period of time, make an appointment with your physician. 
  • Urinary problems. Feeling the urge to urinate more frequently is often a sign of a urinary tract infection. It may also be a sign of ovarian cancer. If you experience urinary urge, make an appointment with your physician to treat your UTI or find out what may be causing this symptom.

While the signs of ovarian cancer may seem very general, women need to focus on these symptoms when they do not change over time, do not have a cause and occur almost everyday. Never ignore a change in your body that doesn't seem typical for you. Rather make an appointment and rule out the possibility of ovarian cancer than live with the symptoms and worry about their cause.

Medical Center Arlington is sponsoring the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition – Dallas/Fort Worth(NOCC) Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer. It will be held September 21, 2013 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Please register here! For more information about the symptoms and treatment options for ovarian cancer, visit us online here. Call 1-855- 868-6262 for a physician referral or visit our online directory.

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