Unlike breast cancer and cervical cancer which can both be detected early on by mammograms and PAP Smears, ovarian cancer has no such preventive exam available making the disease difficult to catch in its early stages.
However, researchers at University of Washington have found that perhaps this disease does indeed come with warning signs. Their findings point to the following symptoms that may signal ovarian cancer: 'bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain; difficulty eating or feeling full quickly; and a frequent or urgent need to urinate.' An important point, according to researchers, 'is if such symptoms — alone or together — come out of the blue and persist, occurring almost daily for more than two or three weeks.' (NPR News)
Wait a second...I was feeling like that just yesterday...I'M FEELING LIKE THAT RIGHT NOW!!!
Although these symptoms seem painfully ordinary, Gynecological Oncologist, Dr. Linda R. Duska, feels it's better safe than sorry. She insists that for women who feel they have these symptoms, "they really need to push their physicians … to get to the next step," Duska says. "A lot of them have told me, 'I've had to go back to my doctor multiple times and say something is really wrong with me and you need to figure it out.'" (NPR news)
So the next time you inappropriately announce to a room full of people that you must urinate - pronto!...you may defend yourself by chalking it up to detective work.