2#1 Loss Of Appetite & Difficulty Eating
Some women experience difficulty eating due to the spread of ovarian cancer. Along with bloating, abdominal pain, and urinary issues, difficulty eating is one of the early warning signs of ovarian cancer. This includes difficulty keeping food down and feeling full quickly. It is fairly common for women that end up being diagnosed with ovarian cancer to notice a combination of these first four symptoms.
Early satiety is a condition that results in you feeling full after you have only eaten a small amount of food.
With ovarian cancer, early satiety may be caused by increased pressure on your pelvic area, abdominal pain, or bloating. Other serious medical conditions that may cause early satiety include ulcers, diabetes, and other forms of cancer.
If untreated, early satiety can limit your nutrition and even impair your brain and organ function.
Pay attention to your portion sizes and whether or not you continuously experience early satiety. If the problem only lasts for one or two days, it could be the result of something minor, like a stomach bug.
Until you receive medical treatment, you should cut back on foods that contain a lot of dietary fat or fiber, which can slow down your digestive process. You should also try eating six small meals per day.
If early satiety and having difficulty eating begins to affect your intake of food, then you should seek medical attention.
Your doctor will perform a medical examination, along with several tests. An abdominal CAT scan or an abdominal ultrasound may be used to examine your abdominal organs.
#2 Urinary Frequency & Urinary Issues
Urinary problems, such as frequent urination, are also common symptoms of ovarian cancer. You may feel like you constantly have to go to the bathroom or actually notice an increase in the number of times that you relieve yourself.
Many women that have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer have mentioned that they gradually began to experience an increased frequency in the number of times that they had to urinate.
Along with an increase in the frequency and urgency of needing to urinate, many women that are diagnosed with ovarian cancer also mention experiencing a sharp pain near their groin.
Pay attention to your lifestyle choices and daily habits. If you have been drinking too many fluids or consuming more caffeine or alcohol, then you should first cut back on your intake of liquids for several days.
If the frequent urination continues, then you may need to consider the possibility that a serious medical condition is impacting your bladder.
When you do not make any changes to your lifestyle and continue to drink about the same amount of liquid each day, it is easier to determine if you are experiencing changes in your bladder.
If you notice a gradual increase in the number of times that you have to urinate each day, then medical attention may be needed.
Many people choose to ignore symptoms, such as frequent urination, in the hopes that it will eventually pass on its own. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case.
You should never let symptoms go undiagnosed, if they continue for more than a week or two.
Urinary problems, such as being overwhelmed by a sudden urge to urinate as well as peeing more often than usual is a sign of ovarian cancer – this can include bouts of incontinence (complete loss of bladder control before you can get to a bathroom) that will gradually worsen over a few weeks.