We all like to think that we’re keeping on top of our health problems, but let’s be honest: it’s tough.
As we age, it gets harder and harder to keep track of every ache and pain, and we tend to chalk them up to getting older in general.
But a new study points out why we should keep a close eye on our bodies: a worrying number of women are ignoring deadly cancer symptoms until it’s too late.
Women are “risking their lives”
A British organization recently asked women how they would deal with consistent bloating.
More than half said they would change their diet, while only a third answered that they would visit a doctor.
That may sound like a reasonable reaction, but in fact it’s very dangerous.
The organization, Target Ovarian Cancer, says women are “risking their lives” with this kind of thinking, and explains that chronic bloating is a major symptom of the disease.
“Lives will be saved” if women learn these symptoms
Ovarian cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths in American women. But another study from Target Ovarian Cancer found only one in five women could identify symptoms of the disease.
“If women know ovarian cancer symptoms such as persistent bloating and are able to link them to ovarian cancer early on,” says the group’s chief executive Annwen Jones, “lives will be saved.”
It’s as simple as that.
One in 79 American women will develop ovarian cancer, so don’t put off learning the symptoms any longer. Keep reading to learn more about this deadly condition.