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What Are the Symptoms and Signs of Ovarian Cancer?
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Ovarian cancer is difficult to diagnose because symptoms often do not occur until late in the disease. Symptoms do not occur until the tumor has grown large enough to apply pressure to other organs in the abdomen, or until the cancer has spread to remote organs. The symptoms are nonspecific, meaning they could be due to many different conditions. Cancer is not usually the first thing considered in a woman having symptoms.
The only early symptom of the disease can be menstrual irregularity. Symptoms that come later include the following:
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If experiencing abdominal pain, distension, or bloating that is not explained by simple constipation, lactose intolerance, or another harmless condition, the woman should see her health care provider right away. In fact, if she is older than 40 years or has a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, these symptoms should be attributed to constipation or other conditions only after her health care provider has ruled out the possibility of ovarian cancer.
A woman should go to the nearest hospital emergency department if she is exhibiting any of the following symptoms:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/30/2016
Robert P Edwards, MD
Jana M Lee, MD
Paul Blackburn, DO, FACOEP, FACEP
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Lee P Shulman, MD
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