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Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

Please consult your doctor if you notice the following persistent symptoms:

  • Pain in the pelvis, abdomen, or lower back region
  • Persistent bloating, nausea, gas, loss of appetite, or a feeling of fullness
  • Unexplained weight gain, weight loss, or swelling of the abdomen
  • Increased frequency or urgency of urination not caused by a urinary tract infection
  • Changes in bowel movements
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Menstrual changes or postmenopausal bleeding

These symptoms can be caused by conditions unrelated to cancer. If a cause cannot be found for your symptoms ask your doctor about transvaginal ultrasound, CA125 blood test, pelvic/rectal exam, and referral to a gynecologic-oncologist. These doctors specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of cancers of the reproductive system.

Although ovarian cancer has been termed the “silent killer,” a recent study showed that many women found to have ovarian cancer had some symptoms several months prior to diagnosis (see reference below).

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