Signs & Symptoms

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.