Thursday, June 8, 2017

Ovarian cancer: Signs and symptoms

Ovarian cancer is a bitch. A real motherf@cking bitch. Difficult to detect in its early stages. less than 1 in 5 cases of ovarian cancer is found early. But first things first. where are the ovaries and what do they do??

First, see where the ovaries are in the picture above ↑. Find it? Great. The ovaries are pretty much the most important part of the whole lady part system. Como say wha? Yeah, the most important part. They actually control the hormones that make you a lady (estrogen and progesterone)  and can make you a mama, since they control and house all our potential eggs (or follicles).  After puberty, ovaries are about the size of a large grape, and they are held in place by ligaments that are attached to the uterus.

I went into some detail about the ovualation cycle here - feel free to read that and come back. You done? Ok. Moving on.

Now back to the topic at hand: ovarian cancer. First things first, about 1 in 75 women will develop ovarian cancer. It is not the most common of the lady part cancers, but it is the most deadly. See, the problem is that ovarian cancer systems are VAGUE. And by the time you pick up on the fact that something is really wrong, many times the cancer has already spread beyond the ovaries.
Here is a list of the symptoms:

  • Pain in the pelvis or abdomen (belly)
  • Bloating in the abdomen
  • Urinary urgency (needing to pee right away)
  • Urinary frequency (having to pee often)
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Feeling full quickly while eating
  • Having difficulty eating
  • Vaginal bleeding or other discharge that is different than normal
  • Back pain

I am pretty sure I have one or more of these symptoms at least once a week. I mean, my middle name is Bloated with Back Pain. But here is the IMPORTANT part of these symptoms -if they are PERSISTENT, go to your lady parts doctor. And be pushy! Yes, chances are that it is something that can be solved by exercise, or a change in diet, but if it is not, bring up ovarian cancer.  It is a bitchiest of the cancers, so take it seriously.

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