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Ovarian Cancer – The Silent Killer

Ovarian cancer is frequently called the “silent” killer because many times there are no symptoms until the disease has progressed to an advanced stage.

One-third of women in America will get some form of cancer in their lifetime and approximately one and a half percent of those cases will be cancer involving one or both ovaries.

Initial symptoms of ovarian cancer are often mild, making this disease difficult to detect. Some early symptoms may include:

  • Abnormal bleeding
  • An unusual feeling of fullness or discomfort in the pelvic region
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Swelling and pain of the abdomen
  • Unexplainable indigestion, gas or bloating

Most of the time these symptoms do not indicate ovarian cancer.

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