9. Sudden Weight Loss
Although weight loss is a universal sign of all types of cancer, a loss of 10 pounds or more without making dietary or exercise changes is especially common for women with ovarian cancer. Typically, this occurs in the earliest stages of cancer and is unexpected and very rapid. Therefore, you should seek immediate help from your primary care physician if you experience sudden weight loss.
10. Vaginal Bleeding and Abnormalities
This includes “spotting” or irregular bleeding when it is not your normal menstrual cycle. Changes (especially thickening) of vaginal discharge, blisters, sores, or color changes in the vaginal region can also be telling.
If you experience these signs, it is important to seek help from a healthcare professional. However, keep in mind that this list is not comprehensive. It is critical to report early signs of ovarian cancer so that it can be caught ASAP. Early detection can prevent it from developing to an advanced stage. Notably, there are various treatment options for ovarian cancer, including different types of therapy (chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormone therapy), surgery, and many other alternative options and support systems available!