Unfortunately, there is no reliable screening test available for ovarian cancer. Also, because the symptoms of ovarian cancer are shared by less serious conditions, the disease can go undetected in its earlier stages (when it is most treatable).
“In many cases, ovarian cancer isn’t diagnosed until it has advanced and spread to other parts of the body,” Dr. Kim says. “In these stages, it is much more difficult to treat.”
According to Dr. Kim, if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, you should consider making an appointment with your gynecologist or primary care physician.
“If you are experiencing these symptoms persistently, or if they are occurring more than six to eight times in a month, it’s a good idea to see your doctor,” Dr. Kim says. “Many times, they are caused by something much less serious than ovarian cancer, but regardless, it’s important to be evaluated.”