The Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer


According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 1 in 71 women get invasive ovarian cancer, and 1 in 95 die from it. The earlier cancer is detected, the better a person’s chances are for successful treatment. The American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 9 out of 10 women treated for early stage ovarian cancer live more than 5 years after the disease is detected. However, in the case of early stage ovarian cancer, symptoms can be challenging to spot and easily attributed to other causes.

Signs may include:

• Fatigue
• Abdominal bloating or feeling of fullness
• Abdominal pressure or pain
• Pelvic pain or pressure
• Feeling full after eating only very small amounts of food
• Stomach and/or digestion problems such as nausea or constipation
• Urgent and/or frequent urination
• Back pain
• Pain during intercourse
• Changes in menstrual cycle

While these signs can signal problems other than ovarian cancer, in the case of ovarian cancer these symptoms are likely to persist and worsen. It’s important to pay close attention to any symptoms. By the time signs become more apparent, the cancer has often spread beyond the ovaries. In addition, there is no effective screening test for ovarian cancer. While a Pap test can help detect cervical cancer, ovarian cancer is typically diagnosed only after an ultrasound, MRI, CT scan, PET scan, laparoscopy, blood test or other non-routine screening test is performed. If you experience any of the symptoms listed here and suspect the possibility of ovarian cancer, you should consult your doctor immediately.

To learn more about ovarian cancer, consult our online Health Information. To find a doctor, visit us online. For more information and to find out how Denton Regional Medical Center can help, contact us online or call us at (940) 384-3535.

American Cancer Society
National Cancer Institute

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