Thousands of women are living with ovarian cancer in Canada. It’s estimated that this year 2,800 Canadian women will be newly diagnosed. Ovarian cancer is the 5th most common cancer for women.
If you have a family history, it is important that you let your health care provider know. Ask for a referral to a genetic counsellor. This is an important step to help you understand the risks and benefits of genetic testing.
Signs and Symptoms
Symptoms associated with ovarian cancer are often vague and can be mistaken for other things.
Common symptoms include:
1. Bloating - increased abdominal size/persistent bloating
2. Eating - difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
3. Pain - in pelvic or abdominal areas
4. Urinary symptoms - urgency or frequency
Occasionally there can be other symptoms such as changes in bowel habits, extreme fatigue or unexplained weight loss. Just because you have the symptoms does not mean you have ovarian cancer.
However, if the symptoms are:
Early detection is key.
Preventative Health Care – the Easiest Way to Protect Your Future!