It's dismissed... ignored... treated as nuisance... and even brushed off as a minor, everyday embarrassment.
But ladies, if you have a "pee problem," don't ignore it, and don't brush it off.
Get help, because your life could be on the line!
Sure, it could be a sign of older age and a weaker bladder. In most cases, that's all it is -- and you have nothing to worry about.
But it's also a potential warning sign of a deadly form of cancer.
It's one that can be treated and defeated if you catch it early.
The key is that "IF," because if you ignore it... if you just shrug it off as a nuisance... if you're too embarrassed to mention it to a doctor... you might never get that treatment in time.
A new warning from a British health organization confirms that increasingly frequent urination could be a sign of ovarian cancer.
Yet only 1 percent of women know it!
The rest -- a full 99 percent -- don't realize what's at stake, according to the UK charity Target Ovarian Cancer.
And here's a clear case of ignorance definitely not being bliss.
Nearly 2,000 cases of ovarian cancer are diagnosed every month, and more than half of them are in older women. Yet, despite how common it is, and despite all the advances in cancer care over the years, the death rate has barely budged.
As a result, ovarian cancer is the No. 5 killer cancer among women, claiming nearly 1,200 lives every month.
Frequent urination isn't the only warning sign. There are a few others, but most women don't know those, either!
The study finds that only 3 percent of women know that frequently "feeling full" is a symptom of this deadly form of cancer.
And just 21 percent know that bloating is a possible warning sign.
What makes this even worse is that too many women also have a false sense of security. They believe they've been tested for this disease... when they actually haven't.
Nearly a third of women think that the Pap smear is a test to detect ovarian cancer.
It's not. It's a test for cervical cancer (an important one), but it won't give your doctor any information at all about your ovarian cancer risk.
That means it's up to you to learn the warning signs and seek help if you notice them.
The good news is that in most cases, those symptoms are from much less serious problems that can be taken care of pretty quickly. But on the off-chance it's cancer, you'll want to get it detected early and treated fast.
Because, as the numbers show, your life is on the line.
Dr. Mark Stengler