Signs and Symptoms

Ovarian Cancer occurs in 1 in 71 women. Each year over 21,550* women are diagnosed with this disease. Survival rates are low because many women are diagnosed in late stages. However, if detected early and treated, survival increases to over 90%.

What to look for*:

  • Bloating
  • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
  • Need to urinate often or urgently
  • Pelvic or Abdominal Pain

    Other symptoms commonly reported:
    Back Pain
    Menstrual irregularities
    Pain with intercourse

If symptoms are unusual for you and persist, see a health care professional.

What you can do to detect ovarian cancer**:
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 transvaginal ultrasound and a CA125 blood test.
If ovarian cancer is suspected, consult a Gynecologic Oncologist. To find one in your area, call the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation at 1 800 444-4441

A Pap smear is NOT a test for ovarian cancer; it detects cervical cancer.

Remember, you know your body better than anyone else. Discuss your concerns with your health care provider.
* American Cancer Society 2009
** Ovarian Cancer National Alliance

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