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What are the symptoms of Ovarian and Cervical Cancer?

What are the symptoms of Ovarian and Cervical Cancer?

by: Dr. Monica Agarwal
Consultant Obstetrics & Gynecology - Paras Bliss, Panchkula

Ovarian cancer is a disease in which abnormal or cancerous cells begin to multiply out of control in the ovary and form a tumour. It can spread to other parts of the body if not treated. Early symptoms are very vague and hence only 15 -20% are detected at an early stage. There is no routine screening test to detect ovarian cancer available till date.

Signs and Symptoms associated with Ovarian and Cervical Cancer:

Symptoms are usually as follows-

  • Bloating
  • Pain in abdomen and lower down in the pelvis
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea
  • Feeling full very quickly
  • Pressure symptoms
  • Heartburn
  • Fatigue
  • Back pain
  • Dyspareunia or pain during coitus
  • Increased abdominal girth
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Change of urinary and bowel habits like increased frequency of urination and constipation
  • Weight loss wasted look with full abdomen

Cancer cervix also does not cause symptoms in early stages but fortunately, it has a routine screening test called PAP smear which can be used for monitoring and detect it early.

Symptoms-

  • Vaginal bleeding- Irregular bleeding per vaginum, bleeding in between periods, after sexual intercourse or postmenopausal bleeding. Bleeding can occur after pelvic examination also
  • Vaginal discharge- Watery, pink, foul-smelling discharge all the time. Smell is apparent from a distance
  • Pelvic pain
  • Dyspareunia or painful intercourse
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Back pain
  • Swelling in legs
  • Urine or stool leaking from vagina
  • Hematuria
  • Pain on side or back with swelling in kidney( hydronephrosis )
  • Bone pains or fractures

So if you have any of these symptoms then do visit a doctor. Don’t forget your routine PAP smear screening and if you have a family history of ovarian cancer, be regular with your yearly check-ups.

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