Ovarian Cancer Awareness


See a doctor if you have symptoms

Early cancers of the ovaries tend to cause symptoms that are more commonly caused by other things.

Symptoms include:

  • Abdominal swelling or bloating (due to a mass or accumulation of fluid)
  • Pelvic pressure or abdominal pain
  • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
  • Urinary symptoms (having to go urgently or often)

Most of these symptoms can also be caused by other less serious conditions. These symptoms can be more severe when they are caused by ovarian cancer, but that isn't always true. What is most important is that they are a change from how a woman usually feels.

Source: American Cancer Sociey: Ovarian Cancer


For women at average risk, there is no standard or routine screening test for ovarian cancer.

Source: National Cancer Institute Ovarian Cancer Screening.

There are 2 tests that may be used to screen women who are known to be at high risk. These tests, transvaginal sonography and CA-125, are often offered to women with a very strong family history or with certain inherited genetic syndromes.

Source: American Cancer Society Ovarian Cancer: Early Detection, Diganosis and Staging Topics.

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