Signs of Ovarian Cancer

Learning to recognize the potential warning signs of ovarian cancer early is important. Early detection increases the likelihood that treatments will be more effective, and there will be more options to explore.
Here’s what women of all ages should know.

Warning Signs of Ovarian Cancer
The symptoms of ovarian cancer are typically very subtle. They are easy to overlook or confuse with other, less serious conditions. Some warning signs to watch for include:
· Extreme fatigue
· Backaches
· Shortness of breath
· Persistent abdominal bloating
· Nausea, indigestion, or gas
· Frequent need to urinate
· Pelvic or abdominal pain
· Premature feeling of fullness while eating
· Changes in bowels, such as constipation or diarrhea
· Unexplained weight gain or loss

Communicate With Your Physician
If you have been experiencing any of the warning signs listed above for two weeks or more, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with your physician. Don’t wait longer to see if symptoms resolve on their own. While ovarian cancer can occur at almost any stage of life, it most frequently develops between the ages of 50 and 60.
It’s also important to share your family’s medical history with your doctor. Many women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer have a strong family history of the condition, which may include the BRCA gene mutation.

When Mucinous Ovarian Cancer Is the Diagnosis
If you or a loved one are diagnosed with mucinous ovarian cancer, it’s often wise to seek a second opinion from a gynecological oncologist who has experience with rare tumors. VisitPhysicians to Contact for a Second Opinionfor a list of doctors to consider.

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