In light of September being Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month| I found this quote about the “silent killer” illuminating. Dr. William Hamilton| a lead researcher on a recent survey of symptoms of the disease| said| “Ovarian cancer is not silent| it’s noisy. It’s just we’re not very good at deciphering the noise.”
As researchers reviewed medical records of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer| they found these seven common symptoms:
- Abdominal distensionUrinary frequencyAbdominal painPostmenopausal bleedingLoss of appetiteRectal bleedingAbdominal bloating
You might find it redundant that the list contains both abdominal distension and bloating| but medically speaking they are different symptoms. Bloating comes and goes| but distension is “a progressive increase in abdominal size.” In the US| bloating is the most persistent symptom| and unfortunately a sign of many other| simpler health problems. Making both patients and gynecologists aware of the symptoms is the next step in the fight against ovarian cancer| where early detection is key.
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