Hi all, I'm just curious that how can we diagnose ovarian cancer at an early stage. What are the early symptoms of ovarian cancer and what are the possible screening tests for ovarian cancer?
Where can we get tested for ovarian cancer in India?
There is NO early detection test for ovarian cancer. Contrary to what many believe, A PAP TEST WILL NOT DETECT OVARIAN CANCER.
In a lot of cases, the disease is not picked up as the signs and symptoms are similar to what many women experience every month. The signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer may include: Excessive fatigue, Indigestion or nausea, Feeling full after eating a small amount, Unexplained weight gain or loss, Needing to urinate often or urgently. (If these symptoms are new for you and you experience one or more of them persistently over a four-week period, please, please, PLEASE consult your GP.)
The exact causes of most ovarian cancers are unknown. However, we do know that there are factors that may increase a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer. These include: Family history of ovarian, breast or bowel cancer, being over 50 years of age, having endometriosis, previously having had breast or bowel cancer, smoking or obesity, never having children or having children in later life and having a genetic predisposition such as Lynch Syndrome or mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes.
If you have any concerns about your health, it is best to discuss them with your GP.
Hope that helps.
Thanks for your kind response Karen! I think you've provided enough information about symptoms and causes of ovarian cancer. It is really sad that some people find it on late stage that it becomes impossible to cure.
These days cancer awareness is very important as most of people are unaware about the common symptoms of cancer. As you've mentioned that symptoms are simmilar to what women experience every month. So they ignore those symptoms and eventually cope up with the pain or die due to cancer.