Understanding Ovarian Cancer. Ovarian cancer is a tough one and it’s one we all worry about. The biggest problem with ovarian cancer is that we don’t have a good screening test for early detection. The best thing you can do is get a yearly pelvic exam by a gynecologist. For patients with a strong family history of ovarian cancer, a pelvic ultrasound or certain lab tests may be ordered, however even these aren't great screening tests in discovering ovarian cancer.
The symptoms of ovarian cancer are also difficult, which is one reason why it is such a hard thing to diagnose. Often, by the time it is caught it's too late. Some symptoms include feeling full very fast when you eat, abdominal or pelvic pain, intestinal complaints such as diarrhea and constipation, or abdominal bloating.
Fortunately, there are new genetic tests being developed that are starting to become available for patients with a strong family history of ovarian cancer.
In general, I think the best thing you can do is get an annual exam by a physician.
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