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Symptoms

OVARIAN CANCER SYMPTOMS ARE VAGUE~You know your body. Be aware. Take action.

See your gynecologist if the following symptoms recur frequently or persist for more than 2 to 3 weeks and are unusual to you:

  • constant bloating, abdominal pressure or discomfort
  • recurring nausea, indigestion or gas
  • frequent urinary urgency, constipation or diarrhea
  • abnormal bleeding, pain during intercourse
  • recurring backaches, abdominal or pelvic pain
  • persistent fatigue

Experts recomment a combination of: pelvic/rectal exam, CA 125 blood test, transvaginal sonogram

Take Action! Early detection improves 5 year survival;
Early detection-more than 90%~Late diagnosis-about 25%
A PAP Smear DOES NOT detect Ovarian Cancer!

Facts

  • occurs in 1 of 57 women, at any age
  • Average age of diagnosis is 51
  • Not bearing children, mutations on the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes, or a family or personal history of ovarian, breast, uterine, colon or prostate cancer increase risk
  • Oral contraceptives, pregnancy, breast feeding, tubal ligation, hysterectomy and removal of ovaries may reduce risk
  • Symptoms are subtle, persistent, and usually worsen over time
  • Any changes in bowel, bladder, digestive or gynecologic patterns that are constant and progressive should be discussed with a qualified physician
  • If you or your doctor suspects ovarian cancer, consult with a gynecologic oncologist

(these facts taken from the GA Ovarian Cancer Alliance – www.gaovariancancer.org)
*A PAP smear screens only for cervical cancer, not ovarian cancer

For more information regarding any aspect of Ovarian Cancer, please visit The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance or The Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance.

For a FREE app to assess your risk of ovarian cancer, please visit The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance website NOW!