Ovarian cancer

Overview

Ovarian cancer is cancer that starts in the ovaries. The ovaries are the female reproductive organs that produce eggs.Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cancer among women, and it causes more deaths than any other type of female reproductive cancer.

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Ovarian cancer symptoms are often vague. Women and their doctors often blame the symptoms on other, more common conditions. By the time the cancer is diagnosed, the tumor has often spread beyond the ovaries.

You should see your doctor if you have the following symptoms on a daily basis for more than a few weeks:

• Bloating or swollen belly area

• Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly

• Pelvic or lower abdominal pain; the area may feel "heavy" to you (pelvic heaviness)

Other symptoms are also seen with ovarian cancer. However, these symptoms are also common in women who do not have cancer:

• Abnormal menstrual cycles

• Digestive symptoms:

   - Constipation

   - Increased gas

   - Indigestion

   - Lack of appetite

- Nausea and vomiting

• Unexplained back pain that worsens over time

• Vaginal bleeding that occurs in between periods

• Weight gain or loss

 

Other symptoms that can occur with this disease:

• Excessive hair growth that is coarse and dark

• Sudden urge to urinate

• Needing to urinate more often than usual (See: Increased urinary frequency or urgency )

 

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