Having a cyst on ovary produces very vague signs of illness or problems, unless of course you are fortunate (?) enough to have the stabbing pain in your abdomen or pelvis, (ovary pain) which can sometimes be a meaningful sign that it is time to give your gynecologist a call and schedule a pelvic examination. Unfortunately, pain or pressure in your lower stomach area is one of the early symptoms of ovarian cancer, as well.
Does an ovarian cyst naturally mean you have ovarian cancer? No…absolutely not. Could the cyst actually be malignant…in other words…cancer of the ovaries? Regrettably, yes! Ovarian cyst symptoms need to be treated very seriously, even though the majority of them are nothing to be concerned about. Cysts that do not ever become cancer are functional cysts, and occur many times without any symptoms at all.
A type of cyst on ovary that can be cancerous is a dermoid cyst, but only one to two percent actually are malignant. Cysts on ovaries actually can one of the ONLY early symptoms of ovarian cancer that is not a vague, generic sign.
So, what are some of the early symptoms of ovarian cancer, or for that matter…a cyst on ovary?
– pain in the lower abdomen
– irregular menstrual periods/bleeding in between periods
– bloating, or pressure in the abdomen
– difficulty breathing
– gastrointestinal problems…nausea, change in bowel habits, indigestion
– back pain
– feeling full quickly/not hungry
– unexplained weight gain/weight loss
– urinary problems
Ovarian cancer produces many obscure symptoms that might manifest and can very easily be misinterpreted for a more common illness. There have been studies done though, that have indicated that having MORE than one of these symptoms for a prolonged period…four or five weeks…is definitely a reason to see your doctor.
Because there really are no telltale early symptoms of ovarian cancer, other than some of the above signs…a woman must pay close attention to what she is experiencing. If there is any suspicion whatsoever that a cyst on ovary is present and that the patient feels her doctor is not doing enough, the best solution is to…get a second opinion. It is your life…take charge of it!