Frequent Bloating: Could It Be Ovarian Cancer?

May 7th 2016

Bloating is a physical condition marked by tightness or a feeling of fullness in the stomach region. It could be a sign of numerous issues such as irritable bowel syndrome, constipation or even overeating. It could also be a sign of a much more serious condition such as ovarian cancer.

Bloating as a Symptom

Bloating as a symptom often comes on strongly and does not go away easily. Your entire belly area may look distended, and touching it could cause discomfort. It can be quite painful if left untreated and is downright dangerous if part of a more serious condition.

Frequency

One night of bloating doesn't mean you should panic that you have cancer. As a symptom of ovarian cancer, bloating is usually frequent, occurring three times per week or more. This bloating is also likely to be persistent, meaning it doesn't come and go.

Other Symptoms

In addition to bloating, other possible symptoms of ovarian cancer include frequent urination, feeling full quickly, difficulty getting a meal down and vaginal bleeding that is not a normal part of the menstrual cycle. The size of your abdomen may expand and you could also experience sudden losses or gains in weight.

Seek Immediate Help

Since so many of the symptoms of ovarian cancer can be mistaken for other, less serious conditions, the symptoms often go without treatment or diagnosis. The longer the ovarian cancer goes unchecked, the harder it is treat. This is why it is important to seek medical attention if you suspect that any of these symptoms could be ovarian cancer.

Bloating could be a sign of many innocuous things such as eating a big meal, but it can also indicate serious conditions such as ovarian cancer. If bloating persists, get checked out as soon as possible to minimize any symptoms and start potential treatment.

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