Ovarian cancer can be confused with colitis

Ovarian cancer (seventh most common cancer in women), one of the many silent diseases suffered today, can be confused with colitis, which if left untreated, the tumour can spread to other parts of the body. This is called metastatic ovarian cancer. In western countries, more cases are diagnosed than on the other side of the world.

Spain, for example, counts eight cases per 100,000 inhabitants, according to figures from the Nurse Working Group on Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (GTEII), this affects both men and women.

Early symptoms of ovarian cancer?

  • abdominal bloating, pressure, and pain
  • abnormal fullness after eating
  • difficulty eating
  • an increase in urination
  • an increased urge to urinate

For its part, colitis is an inflammation of the large intestine that arises from different causes: food poisoning, viruses or bacteria and lack of blood flow, although these are not all but are the main ones. The symptoms are related to the area of ​​the abdomen such as pain or bloating, constant desire to go to the bathroom, which confuses with the symptoms of ovarian cancer usually in an advanced stage.

Its origin is currently unknown, and symptoms are associated with other stomach pains such as irritable bowel syndrome and pelvic discomforts, they can surely go from six to 12 months without obtaining an accurate diagnosis.

Colitis can be prevented with healthy eating and physical activity, fortunately it is not contagious or hereditary disease but due to sprouting during the maturity process (15 to 30 years) and ageing (60 and 80 years) it is recommended to be aware of any strange change in the abdominal cavity, through excrement tests, physical examination and imaging studies since close relatives are prone to get it due to genetic predisposition.

To rule out something more serious, the risk factors must be known and constant reviews to avoid late diagnosis since ovarian cancer and its derivatives, in older women are more likely to suffer from this disease, on average Patients are 63 years old.

It is crucial to take into account that colitis can trigger different diseases derived from it, depending on the symptoms and severity, but always be aware of well-being and health.

A routine checkup can really help in diagnosing diseases on time before getting worse. One must not neglect changes in the body. And in case there is some change in any aspect, one must consult the doctor.

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