The Facts, Risk Factors & Symptons

The Facts

  • All women are at risk
  • A cervical screening or Pap Test does not detect ovarian cancer
  • Symptoms are vague and may increase over time
  • Early detection increases the survival rate

Risk Factors

  • Increasing age
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Personal or family history of colon, breast or ovarian cancer
  • Undesired infertility

The Symptoms

  • Unexplained weight gain/weight loss
  • Changes in bowel habits
  • Bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain or discomfort, or feeling of fullness
  • Ongoing fatigue
  • Vague but persistent gastrointestinal upsets such as gas, nausea and indigestion
  • Frequency and/or urgency of urination in the absence of an infection

If these symptoms last for more than two weeks, please see your physician and ask for a CA-125 blood test, transvaginal ultrasound and pelvic/rectal examination.