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.