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Ovarian Cancer

  • Ovarian cancer begins in the ovaries, which are two glands located on either side of the uterus. The ovaries produce the female hormones, estrogen and progesterone, and release eggs during a woman’s reproductive years.
  • Ovarian cancer symptoms are not apparent in the early stages of the disease. Because there is no routine screening test for ovarian cancer, women with a family history of the disease or other risk factors should be cautious.
  • The signs of ovarian cancer may be different for each woman and any one of these symptoms may be caused by noncancerous conditions.
  • Common symptoms of ovarian cancer may include: Persistent abdominal bloating, indigestion or nausea, changes in appetite, often a loss of appetite or feeling full, feeling of pressure in the pelvis or lower back, frequent urination, changes in bowel movements, increased abdominal girth and loss of energy
  • Risk factors include gender (women), age (55 years or older), family history, child bearing status (women who deliver after the age of 30), obesity etc.

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