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Ovarian cancer is a disease of the ovary, fallopian tubes and peritoneum, and unlike other cancers, there is currently no screening available to detect it early. In early stages of ovarian cancer, there may not be many signs or symptoms. This means that ovarian cancer is often found at a later stage.
- 45 years of age or older
- A history of endometriosis
- A personal or family history of ovarian cancer
- Never having given birth
- Use of hormone replacement therapy
- Back pain
- Pressure or pain in the pelvic or abdominal area
- Problems eating or feeling full quickly
- Urinary urgency (feeling like you must go) or frequency (having to go often), or retention (can’t go)
- Vaginal bleeding (especially postmenopause) or discharge from the vagina not normal for you
When ovarian cancer is suspected or has been diagnosed, medical experts recommend a referral to a gynecologic oncologist.
- A gynecologic oncologist is a doctor who is specially trained in treating cancers of the female reproductive system.
- Treatment by a gynecologic oncologist helps ensure patients get the appropriate kind of surgery for their cancer.
Contact the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Patient Navigation line to speak with a patient navigator. A patient navigator can provide helpful information about finding a gynecologic oncologist in your area, or the closest one to your geographic region. The patient navigator will also be able to share additional resources about ovarian cancer.
- A Roadmap for Ovarian Cancer - Work with a Gynecologic Oncologist
- Ovarian Cancer Education Podcasts - Michigan Oncology Quality Consortium
- Ovarian Cancer Patient Checklist - Michigan Oncology Quality Consortium
- Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance
- Ovarian Cancer Fact Sheet - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Ovarian Cancer - Epithelial Ovarian Cancer: NCCN Guidelines for Patients