Pain in the Pelvis or Abdominal Area
Ongoing abdominal pain or discomfort – including gas, indigestion, pressure, bloating, and cramps – can signal ovarian cancer, which ranks fifth in cancer deaths among US women and accounts for more deaths than any other cancer affecting the female reproductive system.
Fatigue, changes in bowel movements, and a more frequent or urgent need to urinate are other known symptoms of ovarian cancer. Feeling a mass in the pelvic or stomach area could be a sign of endometrial cancer. This could be from a cancerous tumor. Often, loss of appetite and unexplained weight loss are associated with these symptoms.
Most cases of ovarian cancer, as well as cervical and endometrial cancer, aren’t diagnosed until it has progressed to an advanced stage, unfortunately, when the prognosis is bleak. The same is true with many gastrointestinal cancers, which can also cause the aforementioned symptoms. Thus, it is important to pay attention to new ailments.
With cancer (and most other diseases), the sooner you get a diagnosis and start treatment, the better your chances of a fast and full recovery. Feeling uncomfortable in your own skin is not normal. The body has its own natural defenses, so if you sense that something is wrong, then you are probably on the right track and should take action.
Even if you aren’t experiencing pain in the pelvis or abdominal area or other disturbing symptoms, experts recommend getting regular cancer screenings if you are over 40 and know that you are at risk.