This May Be Awkward: Ovarian Cancer Symptoms. This light-hearted video attempts to add humor to a potentially awkward—yet crucial—conversation about ovarian cancer symptoms. Often, no symptoms are evident in the early stages of the disease. When diagnosed early, the five-year survival rate is almost 95%, but only 15% of ovarian cancer cases are diagnosed early. When symptoms appear, they may include:
• Gas, nausea, indigestion that does not go away
• Back pain
• Frequent urination
• Unexplained change in bowel habits
• Abnormal postmenopausal bleeding
• Unexplained weight gain or loss
• Pain during intercourse
• Abdominal swelling and/or pain, bloating or a feeling of fullness from fluid accumulation in the abdomen
• Shortness of breath caused by the spread of the disease to the muscle under the lung and fluid buildup
If symptoms continue for longer than 2 weeks, visit a qualified healthcare provider for a pelvic/rectal exam, transvaginal ultrasound, and CA125 test. A pap smear does not reliably test for ovarian cancer. To increase awareness, both women and men should be able to recognize symptoms.
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