What are the difficulties in diagnosing ovarian cancer?
Ovarian cancer symptoms are similar to those of other health conditions – owing to which many women miss the early warning signs of ovarian cancer.
Ovaries are located deep in the abdomen – making it hard for the gynaecologists to feel them if they have any abnormal growth.
The symptoms that are associated with ovarian cancer tend to develop in the later stages of cancer – making early detection difficult.
Many women who experience constipation, nausea, upset stomach or indigestion, bloating, cramping, abdominal pain, pelvic pain, lack of appetite and feeling full as soon as starting to eat – assume these symptoms to be due to regular abdominal issues and procrastinate approaching a gynaecologist – and thus early detection is delayed.
The best way to ensure early detection and diagnosis, one should talk to their gynaecologist or gynaec-oncologist as soon as they experience the above symptoms.
Your visit to an oncologist becomes necessary if your symptoms are not responding to basic treatment and have lasted for more than two weeks.