4. Frequent or Urgent Need to Urinate
Sudden changes in urinary habits can also be a symptom of ovarian cancer. There may be changes in the frequency of urination, loss of bladder control (incontinence) or spotting blood with urine.
Urinary changes most likely originate due to the pressure from the tumor
or from fluid in the abdomen prompted by the presence of the tumor.
A 2004 study by Olmsted Medical Center and Mayo Clinic analyzed the symptoms of 107 ovarian cancer patients. Abdominal pain and urinary urgency were the most common symptoms in women who had Stage I and II ovarian cancer.
For many women, these changes may also be a sign of weak pelvic floor muscles or a urinary tract infection. No matter what the reason, it is always best to consult a doctor.
…9. Changes in Bowel Habits
If you notice changes in your bowel habits, such as constipation or diarrhea, it can be a telltale sign of ovarian cancer. Women suffering from this cancer may complain about changes in bowel habits off and on.
The sudden change in bowel habits happen when the tumor swells and exerts pressure on the stomach, bowel and bladder. Depending upon the area on which the pressure is exerted, it can lead to either constipation or diarrhea.
If the symptoms are persistent, frequent and unpredictable, make an appointment with your doctor.
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