This Wednesday was World Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day. Ovarian cancer is the fifth-leading cause of cancer death in women.
Unlike breast or cervical cancer, there is no effective screening test for ovarian cancer. Too often, the diagnosis is made at an advanced stage, when the chance of a cure is limited.
Education and awareness of symptoms allow some women with ovarian cancer to seek medical care at a curable stage. Symptoms commonly experienced include bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly, and urinary symptoms. Persistence of symptoms over several weeks should prompt evaluation, and if diagnosed with ovarian cancer, promptly see a specialist in women's reproductive cancer.