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Ovarian Cancer Signs Are Quiet, But Shouldn’t Be Ignored

Since most women are not specifically screened for ovarian cancer you need to listen to your body and your own symptoms.

Ovarian cancer signs are very subtle, but they are there, and shouldn’t be ignored.

Ovarian cancer rates peak at 60.

The signs are often subtle abdominal signs such as bloating, distention or just abdominal discomfort. Some women report just a larger waist line.

If you have an ovarian cyst, it is likely not serious, but it should not be ignored and it should be properly screened for ovarian cancer.

Some ovarian cancers can develop rapidly, if you have symptoms, don’t ignore them if you have had a check up recently.

Many ovarian cancers are hereditary in nature, if you wonder if you are at increased risk you should consult a gynecologist.

Having a child protects you against ovarian cancer, as does using oral contraceptive pills. Still these things are not 100% effective.

Pelvic exams cannot reliably detect ovarian cancers, although I have diagnosed many this way over the years.

Ultrasound testing and laparoscopic surgeries are the most important ways we have of detecting ovarian cancer.

Blood testing with CA125 is another test women can get if there is suspicions of ovarian cancer.

We are accepting new clients at Women’s Health Practice.


Suzanne Trupin, MD, Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and owner of Women's Health Practice, Hada Cosmetic Medicine, and Hatha Yoga and Fitness

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