Because there is no reliable screening test for ovarian cancer, it is important for women to learn about the symptoms of Ovarian Cancer.
Pelvic and abdominal pain
Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
Frequency or urgency of urination
More symptoms include ongoing fatigue, indigestion, constipation, back pain, menstrual disorders, and pain during intercourse.
These symptoms may be caused by things other than cancer. However, if a woman experiences these symptoms nearly every day for more than a few weeks, she should talk to her doctor or health care provider right away.
Every woman is at risk for Ovarian Cancer; however, the following factors may increase a woman’s risk of developing Ovarian Cancer.
Increasing age (55 or older)
Personal or family history of ovarian, breast, or colon cancer
Early onset of periods and/or late menopause
No pregnancies or no birth control use
Infertility or use of fertility drugs
American Cancer Society
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Cancer Institute
National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
Ovarian Cancer National Alliance
The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, Inc.