Ovarian Cancer Symptoms
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Dr. Sybilann Williams
Listen to Dr. Williams describe four symptoms that are commonly associated with ovarian cancer.
What Are the Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer?
In most cases, ovarian cancer symptoms are not apparent in the early stages of the disease. As a result, ovarian cancer tends to be diagnosed at a more advanced stage.
Because there is no routine screening test for ovarian cancer, women with a family history of the disease or other risk factors should talk with their doctor about genetic testing and other steps they can take to monitor or reduce their risk. Routine gynecologic care and annual pelvic exams are currently the best way to screen for symptoms of ovarian cancer.
Warning Signs of Ovarian Cancer
The signs of ovarian cancer may be different for each woman and any one of these symptoms may be caused by other, benign conditions. Because of the ovaries’ proximity to the bladder and the intestines, gastrointestinal symptoms often occur.
When present, common symptoms of ovarian cancer may include:
- Persistent abdominal bloating, indigestion or nausea
- Changes in appetite – often a loss of appetite, or feeling full sooner
- Feelings of pressure in the pelvis or lower back
- Needing to urinate more frequently
- Changes in bowel movements
- Increased abdominal girth
- Feeling tired or low energy
Awareness of how your body normally feels and paying attention to symptoms that persist for several weeks can help guide your decision to see a doctor. Many signs of ovarian cancer, like abdominal bloating, may suggest a gastrointestinal issue. Talk with your doctor about ovarian cancer being part of the problem.
NOTE: These symptoms may be attributed to a number of conditions other than cancer. It is important to consult with a medical professional for an accurate diagnosis.
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