The most common symptoms are:
Bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly, and urinary symtoms (frequency or urgency). Early ovarian cancer has no obvious symtoms.
Please don't hesitate to discuss any of these symptoms with your healthcare provider. Early detection of ovarian cancer is very difficult and so recognition of warning signs could help an early diagnosis.
September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
The American Cancer Society's most recent estimates for ovarian cancer in the United States are for 2011:
About 21,900 new cases of ovarian cancer
About 15,460 deaths from ovarian cancer
Ovarian cancer is the ninth most common cancer in women (not counting skin cancer). It ranks fifth as the cause of cancer death in women. About half of women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer are 60 or older.
On August 8, 2011... the gates of Heaven opened for our dear daughter, Taylor. We will miss her bright smile and fun loving personality but she will always remain in our hearts. Taylor lived life to its fullest. She was, and always will be 'Strong As Steele'.