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5 Early Signs of Ovarian Cancer

While some cancers have obvious early warning signs – such as skin or breast cancer – ovarian cancer does not.

The best way to treat ovarian cancer is through early detection. While discovering one has ovarian cancer Рor any cancer for that matter Рis distressing, early detection of ovarian cancer often brings a 90% survival rate for 5 years. Currently, ovarian cancer is the 5th leading cause of cancer-related death for women.

According to a recent survey, 85% of women did not know the early signs of ovarian cancer, and 82% had never spoken to their physician about what to look for. While the symptoms are vague and there are no early detection tests, here are 5 symptoms that may cause concern:

  • Persistent pelvic and stomach pain
  • Increased abdominal size
  • Persistent bloating
  • Difficult eating or feeling full quickly
  • Feeling the need to urinate urgently or often

While many of these symptoms may not be cause for alarm, if any of these symptoms persist in a cluster for more than 2 weeks, consider scheduling an appointment with a physician soon.

If a family member or friend is experiencing any of these symptoms, consider suggesting that they also visit their primary care physician.

Sources

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/ovariancancer/detailedguide/ovarian-cancer-talking-with-doctor

http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/sponsored/bon-secours/2014/08/01/ovarian-cancer-symptoms/13171467/

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