Do You Know The Symptoms Of Ovarian Cancer?

Symptoms of ovarian cancer are non-specific and tend to mimic a digestive disorder. The earlier ovarian cancer is diagnosed, the greater your chance of survival. The most important thing you can do is be aware of the symptoms, and see your doctor if you experience any persistent symptoms on this list:

  • Abdominal bloating or a feeling of fullness after not having eaten much
  • Loss of appetite
  • Constipation
  • Heartburn
  • Abdominal pain and/or back pain
  • Urinary urgency or frequency
  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained weight gain

As you can see, these symptoms are common to very many conditions. If any of these symptoms are new and persistent, it is vitally important you see your doctor, particularly if you are older then 50 years. As a starting point your doctor should refer you to have a pelvic ultrasound and a blood test for CA 125 and inhibin.

If you’re a woman, after your thyroid gland, the second highest concentration of iodine in your body is in your ovaries. Adequate iodine is necessary for ovulation and progesterone production. Iodine helps to make ovarian and breast cells less sensitive to estrogen. In this way it helps to reduce the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Iodine is found in Thyroid Health capsules. For more information see the book The Breast Cancer Prevention Guide.