In its early stages, ovarian cancer can be hard to detect; symptoms can go unnoticed or may be attributed to other, more common health problems. However, symptoms do exist and can include shortness of breath, bloating, feeling full quickly, and menstrual changes. Typically, symptoms worsen over time.
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While there is no proven screening method for early-stage ovarian cancer and detection is difficult, women should remember that certain risk factors can increase the chance of developing the disease, including BRCA1/BRCA2 gene mutations, problems with fertility, or having a family history of breast, ovarian, or colorectal cancer. It’s important to speak with a doctor about screening if you believe you have an increased risk for developing cancer.
Learn more about ovarian cancer treatment and research at the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber.