Recent studies show that despite having been called a silent killer, ovarian cancer does have symptoms, even in its early stages. The American Cancer Society, the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation and the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, in a consensus statement, recommend that you see your doctor—preferably a gynecologist—when these symptoms are present almost daily and last more than a few weeks:
- pelvic or abdominal pain
- trouble eating or feeling full quickly
- urinary symptoms such as an urgent or frequent need to urinate
Although the symptoms are relatively common and may accompany a number of illnesses, the cancer groups hope increasing awareness will send more women to their doctors sooner because early diagnosis is essential for successful treatment.