If your bloated belly doesn't seem to be going down, it could be a sign of trouble – especially if it's been a couple of weeks or more. Is it time
If your bloated belly doesn’t seem to be going down, it could be a sign of trouble – especially if it’s been a couple of weeks or more. Is it time you booked a GP appointment?
Are you suffering from persistent bloating? Does it hurt all of the time? These are two symptoms of ovarian cancer.
The other warning signs include difficulty eating, or feeling full more quickly, and the need to urinate more often.
Ovarian Cancer Action is an informative charity dedicated to raising awareness about the condition.
Although the signs outlined above could be down to other non-serious conditions, the key is how often they appear.
Symptoms need to be persistent or frequent – occurring for more than 12 days of a month – to be considered a warning sign of ovarian cancer.
In addition, are the symptoms getting progressively worse? And have they started with the past year?
It’s important to recognise whether this symptoms are unusual to you, but do get checked over by your GP if you’re concerned.
There are three broad types of ovarian tumours, depending on which part of the ovary the tumour began growing on.
There’s epithelial ovarian tumours that develop on the surface of the ovary (and this is the most common form).
Then there’s germ cell ovarian tumours that originate in the sex cells (i.e. eggs) within the ovary.
This type of tumour affects younger woman (mostly in their 20s), and the majority are non-cancerous.
This is something you’re not able to control, as well as increasing age or a family history of the disease – two other risk factors.
However, you can gain a sense of control over your health by not smoking, otherwise the risk of ovarian cancer rises.
Moreover, using oestrogen-only hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has also been linked to the disease.
If you’d like to find out more information on ovarian cancer, visit Ovarian Cancer Action.