Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer
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Ovarian cancer is cancer that starts in the ovaries, which are the female reproductive glands located in the pelvis. It is a relatively rare cancer, but it is often difficult to detect in its early stages because the symptoms can be subtle and similar to those of other conditions.
Some common symptoms of ovarian cancer include:
- Abdominal or pelvic pain or discomfort
- Bloating or a feeling of fullness in the abdomen
- Increased abdominal size or girth
- Frequent urination or a feeling of urgency
- Constipation or diarrhoea
- Unexplained weight loss or gain
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
- Back pain
- Indigestion or nausea
It's worth noting that many other conditions can cause these symptoms, and most women with these symptoms do not have ovarian cancer. However, if you experience any of these symptoms on a frequent or persistent basis, it's essential to see a doctor for an evaluation.
Risk factors for ovarian cancer include age (most cases are diagnosed in women over 50), family history of ovarian or breast cancer, genetic mutations such as BRCA1 and BRCA2 and certain fertility treatments.
Screening for ovarian cancer is not recommended for the general population, however, if you have high-risk factors or a strong family history of ovarian cancer, your doctor may recommend screening tests such as transvaginal ultrasound or CA-125 blood test.
Treatment options for ovarian cancer include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy, The choice of treatment will depend on the stage of cancer when it is diagnosed and may also depend on the patient's overall health.