Ovarian Cancer : Cancer of Ovary : Symptoms

Definition

Ovarian cancer is cancer that starts in the ovaries. The ovaries are the female reproductive organs that produce eggs.
More than 90% ovarian cancers are classified as “epithelial” and are believed to arise from the surface (epithelium) of the ovary. However, some evidence suggests that the fallopian tube could also be the source of some ovarian cancers. Since the ovaries and tubes are closely related to each other, it is thought that these fallopian cancer cells can mimic ovarian cancer. Other types may arise from the egg cells (germ cell tumor) or supporting cells. These cancers are grouped into the category of gynecologic cancer.

Symptoms

Ovarian cancer symptoms are often vague. By the time the cancer is diagnosed, the tumor has often spread beyond the ovaries.
Early-stage ovarian cancer can cause symptoms, although these symptoms also occur with many other conditions. You should see your doctor if you have the following symptoms on a daily basis for more than a few weeks:
(a) Bloating
(b) Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
(c ) Pelvic or abdominal pain
Other symptoms are also seen with ovarian cancer. However, these symptoms are also common in women who do not have cancer:

  1. Abnormal menstrual cycles
  2. Digestive symptoms:
    (a)Constipation
    (b)Increased gas
    (c)Indigestion
    (d)Lack of appetite
    (e)Nausea and vomiting
  3. Sense of pelvic heaviness
  4. Swollen abdomen or belly
  5. Unexplained back pain that worsens over time
  6. Vaginal bleeding
  7. Vague lower abdominal discomfort
  8. Weight gain or loss

Other symptoms that can occur with this disease:
(a) Excessive hair growth
(b) Increased urinary frequency or urgency

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