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Published on September 08, 2022

10 Symptoms Women Shouldn’t Ignore

Woman hunched over in pain holding abdomenDid you know that ovarian cancer is referred to as the “disease that whispers” because early stages of the disease often cause subtle symptoms that are easily attributable to other conditions? Typically, most symptoms associated with the disease don’t raise a red flag until the cancer reaches more advanced stages. 

When caught in its earliest stages, approximately 94% of people diagnosed with ovarian cancer live 5 years or more. But only about 20% of ovarian cancer is found early, according to the American Cancer Society. If ovarian cancer is not detected until it is more advanced (stage III or higher), the survival rate can be as low as 28%. The sooner ovarian cancer is diagnosed, the better a woman’s chance for survival.

PIH Health OB/Gyn Roy Silver MD says it is important to listen to your body and pay attention to any symptoms you may have. Although many symptoms of ovarian cancer can occur due to other reasons, don’t ignore these symptoms when they are persistent, happen frequently or worsen because they can be a sign of ovarian cancer:

  1. Bloating or abdominal swelling
  2. Abdominal pain or discomfort
  3. Pelvic pain or pressure
  4. Feeling full quickly after eating
  5. Urinary urgency or frequency
  6. Back pain
  7. Painful sex
  8. Constipation, diarrhea, nausea or fatigue
  9. Changes in menstruation
  10. Unexplained weight loss

“You don’t need to run to the doctor if you wake up bloated one day or find yourself down a few pounds on the scale when you weren’t trying,” says Dr. Silver. “Many of these symptoms are likely caused by other factors. But if you notice your symptoms don’t go away or increase in severity, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor.”

Learn more about gynecology and women’s health services at PIHHealth.org/WomensHealth. To learn more about Dr. Silver, see his physician profile or call 213.747.4391 to make an appointment.

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