Ovarian cancer is estimated to affect over 22,000 American women this year alone, but its early symptoms are easy to miss, making it the deadliest form of female reproductive cancer.
Every year, many women with ovarian cancer are misdiagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome, stress, reflux or a urinary tract infection, because of similarities in symptoms.  If you are showing symptoms of ovarian cancer, the most important thing for you to remember is to stay calm.
Just because you may have some symptoms of ovarian cancer does not necessarily mean you have the disease. According to the American Cancer Society, a woman’s chance of developing invasive ovarian cancer during her lifetime is approximately 1 in 73Here are the eight most common warning signs of ovarian cancer you should watch out for:
Feeling tired most of the time is not normal
2. Pelvic Pain
A woman could feel pain or discomfort in the pelvic region and sometimes in the abdomen
As with bloating, abdominal pain due to ovarian cancer might also be mistaken for those pesky time-of-the-month cramps. But, pelvic discomfort is common when a tumor is growing in the lower abdomen. Though easily ignored, abdominal pain is another telling sign of ovarian cancer.
3. Constipation and Other Bowel Changes
Ovarian cancer and bowel changes go hand in hand. Women who have persistent digestive issues which include constipation, diarrhea, increased gas, bloating, nausea and vomiting, should see a doctor as soon as possible
4. Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain which radiates to the pelvic region, accompanied by pelvic heaviness should be taken seriously and a medical examination is necessary.
Another sneaky sign of the ‘silent killer’ is back pain. While back pain is not unique to ovarian cancer, the key is to detect pain that is new, not directly caused by any physical activity and unresponsive to other treatment.
5. Appetite Loss and Feeling “Full” More Quickly When you Eat
Whether it is trouble getting full, or getting full too quickly, changes in appetite could be an indicatory symptom. If you notice any changes in your satiation levels, speak to a medical professional
6. Urgent or Frequent Urination
When a woman has a frequent and strong urge to urinate and has trouble holding urine for short periods of time, it could be due to weakened pelvic floor muscles or a urinary tract infection
7. Pain During Sex
The most common reason for pain during sexual intercourse is because of insufficient vaginal lubrication
A tumor growing in the ovaries might cause discomfort, or even pain, during intimacy. If this is abnormal to you, it is advised that you get checked right away
8. Abdominal Bloating
Abdominal swelling or bloating is very common in women with ovarian cancer
Often, women who experience the bloating and bleeding symptoms of ovarian cancer also experience some abnormal indigestion, like irregular gastro-intestinal issues and heartburn. With a condition as silent and relentless as ovarian cancer, it’s better to play it safe and get screened should any of these sneaky symptoms arise