Talking about the factual logistics of cancer doesn’t have to be scary or intimidating. At PGOMG, we are committed to providing our patients with the resources and support they need for any health concern they may have, and this includes serious, tough subjects like cancer. We aim to educate and arm our patients with information, not speculation or denial. By breaking down this information, we hope that our patients and readers will walk away from this post with a real sense of control over the subject of ovarian cancer. We also encourage anyone with additional questions or concerns to contact PGOMG.
Though symptoms can be apparent in ovarian cancer, it is not always obvious that these symptoms are exclusive to the cancer, or if they are symptomatic of another health issue. Symptoms of ovarian cancer can include:
- Pelvic discomfort and/or pain
- Abdominal pressure or swelling
- A noticeable change in bowel and/or bladder habits
- A loss of appetite
- Perceived weight gain; i.e. clothes no longer fit around your abdomen
- Lower back pain
- Fatigue/loss of energy
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to speak with your PGOMG provider. It is especially important to do so if you have a family history of ovarian or breast cancer. If you have a family history of either of these cancers, it is possible that your PGOMG provider will suggest genetic testing in order to determine your individual cancer risk.
All in all, catching cancer early, such as ovarian cancer can often come down to body awareness. It is important that patients listen to “that little voice” that you hear when something is wrong or off. If you notices changes to your body or abdomen such as those listed above, contact you PGOMG provider.