Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

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Ovarian Cancer Symptoms

  • Bloating - unusual and uncomfortable
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain - persistent and increasing intensity
  • Trouble eating or feeling full quickly - upset stomach or heartburn
  • Feeling the need to urinate urgently or often - continuous over 2 to 3 weeks
  • Persistent Constipation
  • Persistent unusual lower back pain
  • Significant menstrual changes

If these symptoms occur they can be initinally vague and will increase over time.
If one or more of these symptoms persist daily for more than 2-3 weeks, ask your gynecologist for a combination pelvic/rectal exam, transvaginal ultrasound, and CA-125 blood test. Be very persistent, early detection dramatically increases survival rate/time.
Download the Hope for Heather Symptom Diary - track your symptom over 2-3 weeks and take the dairy with you to discuss with your doctor!


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Be Aware

  • There is no screening test for Ovarian Cancer - it will not be detected in your annual exam!
  • You must know the symptoms and contact your doctor if they are persistent
  • The PAP test does not detect OC it is used to detect cervical cancer
  • Hysterectomy lowers but does not eliminate the risk of ovarian cancer
  • Ovarian cancer risk increases with age
  • Family history of breast, ovarian, or colon cancers increase the risk of OC
  • Family history of BRCA1 or BRAC2 mutation significantly increase risk of OC
  • Lifetime risk of ovarian cancer is 1 in 72
  • Lifetime risk of breast cancer is 1 in 8
Download the Hope for Heather Symptom Diary - track your symptom over 2-3 weeks and take the dairy with you to discuss with your doctor!

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