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*:
- Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
- Need to urinate often or urgently
- Pelvic or Abdominal Pain
Other symptoms commonly reported:
Pain with intercourse
If symptoms are unusual for you and persist, see a health care
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
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
Remember, you know your body better than anyone else. Discuss
your concerns with your health care provider.
American Cancer Society
Ovarian Cancer National Alliance
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