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Ovarian cancer: Early warning signs

Ovarian cancer: Early warning signs Early warning signs of ovarian cancer (Freepik)

The Harvard Medical School explained what symptoms in women may indicate early-stage ovarian cancer. Detecting oncology as early as possible is crucial as it increases the chances of complete recovery, according to Express.

How to recognize symptoms of ovarian cancer on time

The main symptoms for women to suspect ovarian cancer are loss of appetite, feeling full shortly after eating, being unable to finish regular portions.

Doctors say that concern should arise if this happens 12 times or more per month. There may also be other signs of the disease.

"Pain in the back or stomach, or pain during sex, can also be early indicators, while some women will feel more bloated than usual,” says GP Doctor Stephanie Ooi from the Harvard Medical School.

According to her, weight loss can be a concerning symptom.

"Having any of these symptoms does not necessarily mean you have ovarian cancer, but you should speak to a GP if you are concerned," she added.

Over 7,000 new cases of ovarian cancer are diagnosed annually in the UK. More than a quarter of such cases are diagnosed in women aged 75 and older.

The full list of symptoms of ovarian cancer includes:

  • swollen abdomen or feeling of bloating
  • pain or tenderness in the abdomen or pelvic area
  • loss of appetite or feeling full immediately after eating
  • frequent urination
  • digestive disorders
  • constipation or diarrhea
  • back pain
  • constant fatigue
  • weight loss
  • vaginal bleeding after menopause

If you experience any unfamiliar symptoms, you should consult your GP doctor.

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