A Bloated Belly
Women tend to write off bloat as a symptom of PMS, overeating, or just “having a fat day.” But frequent bloating could indicate ovarian cancer, sometimes referred to as a “silent killer” because it can be difficult to detect. If you feel uncomfortably full when eating normal food portions and often find that your pants don’t fit, then there may be a problem.
Bloating that continues for more than three weeks and/or intensifies over time for no apparent reason is a sign that something serious may be going on inside the body. It could be ovarian cancer or even breast cancer. Or, the bloating may occur as a symptom of pancreatic cancer, colon cancer, or stomach cancer, all of which can also affect men.
Cancers that affect the gastrointestinal tract are well-known causes of belly bloating in both men and women. They commonly accompany symptoms such as stomach pain, constipation, diarrhea, and nausea and vomiting. Many times, though, these symptoms are caused by a bad diet or chronic gut disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
The only way to determine if a person has cancer or some other underlying stomach condition is to consult a medical professional. The doctor will examine you physically and assess your symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle. They may also order various diagnostic tests if they suspect that there is a health issue requiring treatment.
Cancer treatments include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy. Targeted therapy, hormone therapy, and stem cell transplants are other options. The type of treatment that a patient will receive depends upon the type of cancer and how advanced it is.