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Every Woman Needs to Know Ovarian Cancer’s Symptoms
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14th Apr, 2009 | Source : Ovarian Cancer National Alliance

Ovarian cancer is the deadliest of the gynecologic cancers, surpassing cervical, uterine and other more commonly known cancers. It can be particularly difficult to diagnose because its wide range of symptoms can mimic other diseases. There is no cure or even a screening test such as there is for breast cancer (mammogram) or cervical cancer (Pap test).

But if ovarian cancer is diagnosed early, nine out of 10 women will survive. The key is to know the symptoms.

The survivor community is leading the charge to enlighten women and health care providers that there are symptoms, even in early-stage cancer. Every woman is at risk, no matter her age, ethnicity, race or sexual orientation.

If a women experiences any of these symptoms for more than three weeks, she should immediately see her gynecologist or regular health care provider and advocate for a combination pelvic/rectal exam, CA 125 blood test, and a transvaginal ultrasound. Be sure that a gynecologic oncologist is part of the health team.

  • Pelvic and abdominal pain
  • Urinary frequency and urgency
  • Increased abdominal size and bloating
  • Difficulty eating and feeling full quickly
  • Other symptoms may include constipation or diarrhea; nausea, indigestion or gas; abnormal vaginal bleeding; unusual fatigue; unexplained weight loss or gain; shortness of breath or low back pain

As the vision and voice for the ovarian cancer community, the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, a 501(c)(3) organization, and its 50 partner member organizations work for more effective diagnostics, treatments and a cure. This fall the Alliance will launch a national agenda to increase research, improve access to quality care and affect legislation on ovarian cancer issues. For more information or to find out how you can help, go to or call 202-331-1332.



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Posted by Pat on 1st Aug 2012 08:01
Sonia, I know how scary this is but have faith in the hospital and let them do what is necessary. Like you I had hystrectomy and they left my ovaries, 25 years later I had a bleed and found out it was ovarian cancer which had spread to my liver. As previously posted I am still going strong 3 years later,they have controlled it with chemo and I see oncologist every 3 months and have blood tests at this time. Good luck and try and keep positive it does help.
Posted by sonia celella on 31st Jul 2012 01:55
im 42, had a total hysterectomy at 37, but they left my ovaries. now for a few months i hav been getting a strange pain in my pelvis, and now in my abdomen. i had a scan which shows a cyst on my ovary.yesterday went to see gynea. they tell me this cyst is not normal, but complex. i now have to have blood tests and an mri. im scarred because they mentioned the word cancer!!!!
Posted by Nicol on 5th Jun 2012 21:47
I have something that not sure what can be
At the moment I don't have a gyno all that I had it was a bad experience , for 2 days I have like a herpes not sure how to put it is burrning sometime and also a white discharge , maybe I had some tide pants I was thinking so not sure I will ask my friend for a good gyno this week bc I am getting worry now , my first pregnancy really destroy my vagiana bc I had a bad delivery dr . One of my lobs is cut in hAlf and when I have contact sexual alway it gets irritated .... Been to dr before but now is been a wile ... Can u tell me if anyone has any idea what it is or what should ask my dr I hate going to gyno :) anyway I am so pround and happy for all of u in here by giving your story for all off us don't have a clue ... God bless
Posted by sarah jane eldridge on 21st Apr 2012 14:36
please give me more information please
Posted by Redcru on 11th Feb 2012 12:51
my 56 yo sister underwent hysterectomy a yr ago,and was diagnosed w/ stage 1E OC. she didnt go back for a follow up check-up until last feb when she experienced an excruciating abdominal pain. it was then that her oc had advanced to type4. she cant take any food by mouth and now has an ileostomy bag. we keep hoping for God's intervention to heal her, we believe that everything is possible w/ the Almighty God. He brought Lazarus back to life after he died 4 days earlier. We will continually praise God for whatever His will is...
Posted by vincent on 6th Jan 2012 19:20
I will pray for you. My mother died of Ovarian Cancer on April 7,2011. Her idiot useless gyno missed all her symptoms that were so clear cut. Please continue to share your message. All women need to know what these useless doctors cause and the consequences of their mistakes.
Posted by Joice Elaine on 1st Jan 2012 11:58
My Fight
My Ovarian caner was found in July of 2003 & it was Advanced. It had spread all through my abdomin,& onto my colon & bladder & intestimes. I had 3 Huge tumors plus others all over in my adbomin that were twisted & causing horrible pain. I had surgery then 6 Years of chemo,tests etc. The side effects of all the different chemo treatments they put me on, caused horrible side effects. One of them sent me into a Horrible severe allergic reaction. I had surgery again in 2008 & chemo again for a long time. The Terrible evil Dr I had been seeing for years, accidentally found one tumor, but had ignored my 5 YEARS of telling him I had a lot of pain in my pelvis & abdomen,nausea etc.But, he completely Ignored me all those years!! I knew Nothing of Ovarian cancer then, but my Dr SHOULD have known what my symptoms meant but chose to ignore me. I have a lot of new tumors but this time, I am trusting GOD to Heal me Or, call me Home! I Pray for all of us to be Healed! Thank You
Posted by patsy on 29th Dec 2011 22:26
im 56 heavy lady .had a bleed 2 yrs ago and had the internal ultrasound scan which showed up somethinfg was booked in for a coloscopy but anxiety attacks stopped me going .i have a very smelly itchy black coloured vaginal discharge ,and am worried somethings wrong
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