Thanks to the incredible advancement of modern medicine, many cancer patients have been able to win their battle with cancer. More and more people survive, thanks to other factors as well, including early diagnosis. Sadly, however, some forms of cancer are unpredictable and hard to spot in the beginning. A lot of women are completely unaware of the symptoms of ovarian cancer, in particular. This puts everyone at a higher risk when it is not detected and can be more difficult to treat. In a recent survey in the UK, only 1% of women (out of 1,000) were able to recognize the most common symptom of ovarian cancer. Here are some of the most common symptoms that all women must know.
The American Cancer Society estimates for ovarian cancer in the United States for 2017 are:
- About 22,440 women will receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer.
- About 14,080 women will die from ovarian cancer.
Breast cancer, an absolutely devastating illness, is sadly one of the most common forms of cancer in the US.
Every single day, over 150 new cases of the disease are found. That’s why constant check-ups are required. Another dangerous type of cancer is ovarian cancer. As it turns out, it’s an even greater risk to women than breast cancer, as one study showed.
In a recent survey in the UK, only 1% of women (out of 1,000) were able to recognize the most common symptom of ovarian cancer. One of the symptoms includes something pretty simple that needs to be checked by a doctor. If you are going to the bathroom more often than usual, be sure to visit the doctor.
In 2014, 14,195 women died of ovarian cancer in the United States.
That’s not all of the devastating news! Only one in five women were aware that abdominal pain could be a sign of ovarian cancer. However, 3% of women were aware that constantly feeling full is also a symptom, whereas only 21% knew that bloating could be another indicator.
These low percentages are quite shocking. The poll also found that 30% of women believe that cervical screening tests will identify ovarian cancer.
Which is not the case, actually. That’s why it’s crucial to educate yourself on the symptoms of ovarian cancer in order to save your life. Early diagnosis doubles the odds of surviving ovarian cancer for five years or more. Knowing when to visit your doctor is very important.
Target Ovarian Cancer chief executive Annwen Jones said:
‘There is a chronic lack of awareness and funding for ovarian cancer. We urgently need a national awareness programme for ovarian cancer and investment in research into new treatments. We have seen enormous advances in other cancers, but ovarian cancer is lagging behind. With investment, we know we could see similar progress. We must act now to transform the lives of women with ovarian cancer before it’s too late.’
Here is a list of common symptoms.
Ovarian cancer symptoms
Pelvic or abdominal pain
Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
Needing to wee urgently and more often
Unexplained weight loss
Loss of appetite
Women who have been through menopause are not the only ones affected by this disease. Younger women can get it, too. Survival can be up to 90% for women who are diagnosed early, which is great news!
Here‘s how an Olympic winner warns about the signs of ovarian cancer.