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7 Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer: Watch Out For This Silent Killer

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According to Ross, this is just another vague, nonspecific symptom that is also associated with gastrointestinal issues, often leading to a delayed cancer diagnosis.

5) Frequent urination

This symptom might be mistaken for a common change in a woman’s body as she ages, but it can also be a symptom of ovarian cancer. If this is a new symptom that lasts more than two weeks during the month, along with at least one other new symptom, it is imperative to make an appointment with your doctor to get a pelvic ultrasound, according to Dr. Cheryl Saenz, a gynecologic oncologist at UC San Diego Health.

6) Early satiety

In other words, it’s not a good sign if you’re feeling full all the time, to the point of discomfort, even after eating very little or nothing at all. Feeling full early on can be found even in women with Stage I ovarian cancer, Saenz said.

7) Irregular bowel movements.

If your bowel habits have changed, this could be a possible sign of cancer, according to Dr. Sameer Kumar of icliniq, a telehealth portal. Bowel changes may include a new onset of diarrhea or constipation.


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Kumar, Sameer. Email interview. Sept. 1, 2015.

MedlinePlus. Vaginal bleeding between periods. Web. Sept. 11, 2015. https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003156.htm

Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Pelvic pain and ovarian cysts: Do they mean cancer? Web. Sept. 11, 2015.

Reviewed September 15, 2015
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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