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Symptoms Ovarian cancer used to be considered a "silent killer." Symptoms were thought to appear only when the cancer was in an advanced stage. Now, doctors believe that even early-stage ovarian cancer can produce symptoms. See your doctor if you have the following symptoms on a daily basis for more than a few weeks: Bloating Pelvic or abdominal pain Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly Ovarian cancer grows quickly and can progress from early to advanced stages within a year. Paying attention to symptoms can help improve a woman's chances of being diagnosed and treated promptly. Detecting cancer while it is still in its earliest stages may help improve prognosis. It should be understood, however, that these symptoms commonly occur and are not overly specific for ovarian cancer. While prompt follow-up with your doctor is important when one or more of these are present, there are many other explanations for these symptoms besides ovarian cancer. Other symptoms are also sometimes associated...
Ovarian mass; Adnexal mass
There are many causes for growths on the ovary. Your age and medical history are important in evaluating an ovarian growth.
Prior to menopause, the ovary forms a fluid filled sac (ovarian cyst) every month as a normal part of the process of releasing an egg. There are other reasons the ovary can form a cyst;most of these are not worrisome. If a cyst is large (over 5 centimeters), or doesn't go away after a few months, then you may need to have it further evaluated or removed. See ovarian cysts .
All ovarian growths that are not simple fluid filled sacs --they are complex or solid -- should be investigated by your doctor regardless of age.
Highlights Ovarian Cancer Ovarian cancer is the ninth most common cancer in women, and the fifth leading cause of female cancer death. Detection of ovarian cancer while it is in its early stages significantly improves prognosis. Unfortunately, most cases of ovarian cancer are discovered when the cancer is already advanced. Symptoms Ovarian cancer grows quickly and can progress from early to advanced stages within a year. Paying attention to symptoms can help improve a woman's chances of being diagnosed and treated promptly. If you have the following symptoms on a daily basis for more than a few weeks, you should see your doctor (preferably a gynecologist): Bloating Pelvic or abdominal pain Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly Risk Factors for Ovarian Cancer The main risk factors of ovarian cancer are: Older age Family history of ovarian, breast, or hereditary colorectal cancer BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic mutations Obesity Hormone replacement therapy use for 5 or more years Not having had children Pre...
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