Ovarian Cancer Facts:
- All women are at risk.
- Ovarian cancer is the deadliest of the gynecological cancers.
- Pap smears detect cervical cancer not ovarian cancer.
- Symptoms may be subtle.
- When detected early and treated properly, more than 90% of women survive longer than 5 years.
Ovarian Cancer Symptoms:
- 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
See your doctor, preferably a gynecologist, if you have these symptoms almost daily for more than a few weeks and they are unusual for you. Experts suggest a combination of pelvic exam, CA-125 blood test and trans-vaginal ultrasound. Prompt medical evaluation may lead to detection at the earliest possible stage of the disease. Early stage diagnosis is associated with an improved prognosis.
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