6 Signs and Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

6 Signs and Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

6 ovarian cancer signs and symptoms every woman should know: 

  1. Changes in appetite
  2. Bloating or increase in abdominal girth
  3. Frequent urination
  4. Changes in menstruation
  5. Discomfort in the pelvis
  6. Low energy 

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, so it’s a good time to learn more about early detection and save lives. About 22,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year in the US. While about half of all cases happen in women who are age 63 and older, all women face some risk of developing the disease. Certain risk factors, including being overweight and a history of ovarian cancer in the family, may increase your chances of being diagnosed. Ovarian cancer research clinical trials are underway, but it’s still good for patients to be educated about detecting ovarian cancer early.

Only 19% of women are diagnosed in the early stages of this disease. That’s because many symptoms of ovarian cancer could also be signs of less serious medical problems. However, if you notice any of these symptoms for more than 12 days per month and they are new to you, it is time to visit your gynecologist for a checkup:

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