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Q&A: Ovarian cancer

| Women’s Health | Healthy You

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What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cysts are fairly common, usually benign, and often resolve on their own—without surgical intervention—within a few months. While ovarian cancer is rare, it is one of the more serious gynecologic cancers.

​Unfortunately, symptoms of ovarian cancer are vague and not usually present until the cancer is advanced. However, it is important to watch for these common early symptoms:

  • Pelvic pressure or abdominal pain
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Urinary urgency
  • Urinary frequency
  • Feeling full quickly or trouble eating

If any of these symptoms is new, persistent, or frequent, that is a signal to see your doctor as soon as possible. Treatment for ovarian cancer can include surgery (often using minimally invasive techniques), chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and radiation.

Learn more about ovarian cysts and ovarian cancer.

This healthy living tip courtesy of Allison Higgins, MD​.