What Are the Signs of Ovarian Cancer?
It is difficult to detect ovarian cancer in its early stages, which is problematic because early treatment offers the best possible outcomes. Since the early stages of ovarian cancer often do not cause any symptoms, your healthcare provider might only detect possible cancerous changes during a routine pelvic exam at the hospital. Even in its later stages, the symptoms of ovarian cancer may not quickly lead to a diagnosis because they tend to mimic other conditions.
When the cancer has already begun to spread, it may cause symptoms such as frequent urination, abdominal bloating, and pelvic discomfort. You might notice that you feel full more quickly when eating and that you’ve lost weight. You may also experience a change in your bowel habits, such as constipation. If you do experience any troublesome symptoms, see your healthcare provider promptly and remember to schedule regular screening tests at your community hospital.
Women throughout the San Jose area can receive comprehensive wellness services at Regional Medical Center of San Jose. You can call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (408) 259-4000 to ask about our compassionate cancer care , breast care, and other healthcare services.
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