Ovarian cancer is often called "The Silent Killer"
because the symptoms are so nonspecific and are often
blamed on something else. Thus it is possible to have been
experiencing early warning signs of this disease for years
and not realize anything is seriously wrong. This is very
understandable, as the symptoms, if they are seen at all,
most often seem benign at first. However, if you have had
one or more of these symptoms for several weeks or months,
please consider calling your physician and scheduling a
check-up. Cancer is a scary word and most people would
prefer to just assume everything is fine and hope whatever
is bothering them simply "goes away." However, consider
that ovarian cancer statistics show that 70% to 80% of
diagnoses are made in late stages when the prognosis is not
so good. To give yourself the best chance at long-term
survival and even a complete cure, these are 7 of the
symptoms to watch out for:
1. Persistent indigestion.
2. Bloating, feeling of fullness, tightness of
3. Painful intercourse, or dyspareunia.
4. Pelvic discomfort or pain.
5. Unexplained weight loss or weight gain.
6. Leg pain.
7. Change in character of menstrual periods.
Clearly, some or even most of these symptoms are common
enough and could be problematic for women on occasion and
most of the time it really is just overindulgence at the
local Mexican eatery, too much Turkey dinner, that time of
the month, or a strained leg muscle. However, if you
experience any of these symptoms consistently on a regular
basis it is possible they could be early warning signs of
ovarian cancer so have your doctor check you out for peace
of mind. Remember, your best chance is an early