Ovarian cancer is the seventh most common type of cancer affecting women and the fifth leading cause of cancer death in females. Unfortunately, many doctors fail to recognize the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer due to their similarity to other conditions. As such, it is important to understand that the following symptoms are only rarely indicative of cancer. However, women who notice one or more occurring without an obvious cause should speak to their gynecologist.
Long-lasting abdominal discomfort or pain, including indigestion, can indicate any number of gastrointestinal conditions. In rare cases, it is a sign of ovarian cancer. Pain in the belly or pelvic area that does not feel like normal menstrual cramps, or that occurs outside of one's regular menstrual schedule and persists for a week or longer could indicate a problem.
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