Ovarian Cancer: Silent Killer

By admin
November 07, 2013
According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, this year, an estimated 22,240 women in the United States will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. It is estimated that 14,030 deaths from this disease will occur this year. Ovarian cancer accounts for nearly 3% of all cancers among women. It is the tenth most common cancerand fifth most common cause of cancer-related death in women.

Ovarian cancer was once thought to cause no symptoms. However, recent studies have shown that women withovarian cancer are more likely to have the following symptoms or signs, even if the cancer is in an early stage. Sometimes, women with ovarian cancer do not show any of these symptoms. Or, these symptoms may be caused by a medical condition that is not cancer.

  • Abdominal bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
  • Urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency)

For many women with ovarian cancer, these symptoms occur often and are different from what is normal for their bodies. Women who have these symptoms almost daily for more than a few weeks should see either a primary care physician or a gynecologist. Early medical evaluation may help detect the cancer at the earliest possible stage of the disease when it is easier to treat. For more about ovarian cancer visit www.cancer.net.

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