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[Alert] Are You IGNORING This Cancer Symptom?

Carol was quick to blame her diet when she was suddenly dealing with persistent bloating.

She tried cutting out dairy and sugar. And when nothing changed she stopped eating gluten, too.

Nothing helped.

As it turns out, Carol was ignoring the symptoms of one of the most deadly types of cancer.

New research shows that it’s been costing women their lives.

Here’s what you need to know to stay safe.

Persistent bloating is one of the early (and most easily ignored) symptoms of ovarian cancer.

But because it is also a symptom of minor ailments like indigestion, IBS, lactose intolerance, and a gluten allergy, many women are quick to dismiss their discomfort.

And this bad habit comes at a cost.

A survey of more than 1,140 women, conducted by the nonprofit organization Target Ovarian Cancer, found that only 34 percent of women said they would visit their doctor if they began feeling abnormally bloated.

On the other hand: 50 percent said they would change their diet, 43 percent said they would Google their symptoms, 23 percent said they’d use over-the-counter remedies, and 22 percent said they would opt for more exercise – none of which are any use if the underlying cause is ovarian cancer.

But most women don’t even know that bloating is a symptom of this devastating disease.

In fact, a previous survey found that only 1 in 5 women are aware of the correlation between bloating and ovarian cancer.

Knowing the symptoms, however, is crucial in the fight against ovarian cancer.

You see, ovarian cancer is notoriously difficult to detect early with only 20 percent of cases diagnosed in the early stages when treatment is most effective.

Unfortunately, most cases are diagnosed after the cancer has already spread to other organs.

Why? Because doctors didn’t even identify the early symptoms until the late 1990s.

Until then, doctors were simply suggesting changes in diet or some antacids to help with bloating and indigestion. All the while, ignoring the early signs of ovarian cancer.

And, sadly, some physicians still make this mistake.  

If you or a loved one is suddenly hit with persistent bloating and abdominal pain, consult with your doctor and request an ovarian cancer screening.

You know your body better than anyone else so don’t be afraid to advocate for yourself, especially if you’re over 50.

Scheduling a screening could end up saving your life.

Fighting For Your Health,

Susan White
Executive Director, Alliance For Advanced Health