Signs & Symptoms
Get the Facts about Ovarian Cancer
Did You Know?
- Ovarian cancer is the most challenging type of gynecological cancers to diagnose.
- Ovarian cancer occurs in approximately 1 in 70 women.
- Each year over 22,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer
- Approximately 110,070 women will be diagnosed with a gynecological cancer
- Detected early and treated properly, survival increases to over 90%
- Obtain an annual Pap Smear (remember it does NOT detect ovarian cancer)
What should I look for?
- Abdominal pressure, bloating, or discomfort
- Nausea, indigestion, or gas
- Constipation, diarrhea, or frequent urination
- Abnormal bleeding
- Unusual fatigue
- Unexplained weight loss or gain
- Shortness of breath
- See a health care professional if symptoms are unusual for you and persist.
Who Gets Ovarian and other Gynecological Cancers?
All women are at risk, but some are at higher risk
- Family or personal history of ovarian, breast or colon cancer
- Not Bearing children
What Can Reduce the Risk of Ovarian and Other Gynecological Cancers?
- Oral contraceptives
- Pregnancy and breast-feeding
- Tubal ligation/hysterectomy
- Removal of the ovaries
- Pap Smear (excluding Ovarian Cancer)
What Can You Do?
Until a screening test is found, here is what you can do:
- Have an annual vaginal/rectal pelvic exam.
- If you are at high risk, discuss regular monitoring with your doctor.
- If you have symptoms, ask for a trans-vaginal ultrasound and a CA 125 blood test.
- If ovarian cancer or any gynecologic cancers are suspected, consult a Gynecologic Oncologist.
To find a Gynecologic Oncologist in your area, call the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation at 800.444.4441.
More Information on Signs & Symptoms
The government agency Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (better known as CDC) has information available on Ovarian Cancer as part of their Inside Knowledge series.
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