Ovarian cancer is often mistaken for stomach problems
“Early symptoms of ovarian cancer tend to be subtle. Bloating, constipation, stomach pain, irregular bleeding, pelvic pressure, and even a sensation of ‘feeling full’ after eating little are all early signs but women often ignore these, writing them off as gastrointestinal problems, or try to self-treat rather than seeking medical attention. —Nicole Williams, MD, of The Gynecology Institute of Chicago. Here are other symptoms of ovarian cancer you might be ignoring.
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Birth control pills and babies are your friends
“Some of the biggest risk factors for ovarian cancer are associated with how often you ovulate. The more you ovulate, the more at risk you are for ovarian cancer. So women who have have never had a child, never used the birth control pills, started menstruating early, and/or experienced menopause after the age of 55 are at a higher risk and should have more frequent check-ups.” —Sherry Ross, MD, women’s health expert at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, CA
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