Early symptoms of ovarian cancer are often mild, making this disease difficult to detect. Some early symptoms may include:
- An unusual feeling of fullness or discomfort in the pelvic region
- Unexplainable indigestion, gas, or bloating that is not relieved with over-the-counter antacids
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Abnormal bleeding
- Swelling and pain of the abdomen
Most often these symptoms do not indicate ovarian cancer. However, if you experience them you should discuss them with your clinician.
Early detection of ovarian cancer offers a 90% cure rate. Sadly, a lack of symptoms from this silent disease means that about 75% of ovarian cancer cases will have spread to the abdomen by the time they are detected and, unfortunately, most patients die within five years.