Ovarian Cancer Early Symptoms

The majority of ovarian cancers are diagnosed late, after the cancers have spread. Only about 20% of women are diagnosed early, when the disease may be most curable.

Ovarian cancer used to be considered a "silent killer." Symptoms were thought to appear only when the cancer was in an advanced stage. Now, doctors know this is not generally true. Even early-stage ovarian cancer can produce symptoms.

Possible early ovarian cancer symptoms include the following:
  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Urgent or frequent urination
  • Difficulty eating or feeling full very quickly

The researchers note that women who have these problems should see a gynecologist for cancer screening if these problems are new, if the symptoms are severe, and if they have been present continuously for over two to three weeks.

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