Ovarian cancer is one of the most deadly cancers women face in the United States. September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and doctors are hoping that women will hear their message and pay attention to what their body is telling them.
Gynecologic oncologist Dr Barbara Goff says the early symptoms can be vague.
"Through our research we were able to identify that there are early warning signs, it's just that they are very common symptoms that we all have from time to time. The most important symptoms are bloating, increased abdominal size and pelvic pain, difficuly eating and feeling full quickly, and urinary symptoms like urinary urgency and frequency" said Dr. Goff.
Goff says symptoms need to be relatively new to you and persist for more than two or three weeks.
The Marsha Rivkin Center is presenting the 9th Biennial Ovarian Cancer Research Symposium September 6th and 7th in Seattle.
Ovarian Cancer Symptoms:
2. Pelvic or abdominal pain
3. Difficulty eating and feeling full quickly
4. Urinary urgency and frequency