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Symptoms Associated With Ovarian Cancer

GOFF, BARBARA MD

Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology: March 2012 - Volume 55 - Issue 1 - p 36–42
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3182480523
Ovarian Cancer

Over the past decade there has been considerable evidence that women with ovarian cancer do have recognizable symptoms before diagnosis. The most common symptoms associated with ovarian cancer are abdominal bloating, increased abdominal size, pelvic pain, abdominal pain, feeling full quickly, and difficulty eating. Some studies also suggest that urinary symptoms are frequently present. When these symptoms occur more than 12 times per month and are of new onset, then ovarian cancer should be considered as a possibility. It is important for women and practitioners to be aware that ovarian cancer is not a “silent disease.”

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

The authors declare that they have nothing to disclose.

Correspondence: Barbara Goff, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. E-mail: bgoff@uw.edu

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.