Early detection of ovarian cancer can lead to better chances of survival. Some tell-tale signs could be spotted at mealtimes, experts say.
In France, nearly 3,500 people die each year from ovarian cancer. A number that could probably be revised downwards thanks to early detection. The time has therefore come to know precisely the main signs of this cancer in order to improve its chances of survival.
As experts from Harvard Medical School remind us, this disease, described as the “silent killer”, is nicknamed as it is because of the time it takes to be diagnosed. The most obvious symptoms often develop when it is too late.
But according to these scientists, a warning symptom could be noticed at mealtimes. “Some women might notice a loss of appetite or an inability to finish their meals,” said Dr. Stephanie Ooi while adding that they might also experience stomach swelling or a strong feeling of fullness.
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Sudden weight loss?
Sudden, unexplained weight loss is also considered a red flag. In parallel, pain in the back or stomach, or pain during intercourse, can also be early indicators. “Having any of these symptoms does not necessarily mean you have ovarian cancer, but you should speak to a GP if you are concerned”she added.
As a reminder, surgery and drug treatments (conventional chemotherapy and/or targeted therapies) are the main treatments for ovarian cancer. They are used alone or associated with each other.
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