Ovarian Cancer

Screenings

Ovarian cancer is the 5th most common cause of cancer deaths in women but the most common cause of gynecologic cancer death. Lifetime risk for ovarian cancer is 1 in 72. 

Fewer than 15% of women will be diagnosed in the early stages of ovarian cancer when there are more treatment options and survival is increased.  

Symptoms of ovarian cancer may be vague and non-specific, and are often missed or ignored.

Symptoms include bloating, feeling full quickly, urinary symptoms of frequency and urgency or pelvic/ abdominal pain.

Persistence of the symptoms for longer than 2-3 weeks should prompt evaluation by a gynecologist. A woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer should be referred to a gynecologic oncologist, a specialist in women’s reproductive cancers.

 

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