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Ovarian cancer is a disease of the ovary, fallopian tubes, and peritoneum. Unlike other cancers, there is currently no simple or reliable way to screen for ovarian cancer in women who do not have symptoms. 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.
What you can do:
- Know what is normal for your body.
- Talk to your provider if you notice a change with your body that is not normal for you and could be a sign of ovarian cancer.
Ovarian Cancer Risk Factors
- 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
Ovarian Cancer Signs and Symptoms
- Back pain
- Pressure or pain in the pelvic or abdominal area
- Problems eating or feeling full quickly
- Urinary urgency (feeling like you must go), frequency (having to go often), or retention (can’t go)
- Vaginal bleeding (especially postmenopause) or discharge from the vagina that is 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.
Michigan Ovarian Cancer Patient Navigation Line
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.
Ovarian Cancer Patient Resources
Ovarian Cancer Provider Resources