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Once you experience the symptoms of ovarian cancer, it's already in the advanced stage?

11 doctors weighed in
Ben Ferguson
Surgery
8 doctors agree

In brief: Not necessarily.

It is true that ovarian cancer can frequently progress significantly before any symptoms are experienced.
However, a significant proportion of patients can feel abdominal fullness/bloating, urinary urgency, and/or abdominal pain. One difficulty in using these symptoms to diagnose ovarian cancer is that they are not very specific to this disease.

In brief: Not necessarily.

It is true that ovarian cancer can frequently progress significantly before any symptoms are experienced.
However, a significant proportion of patients can feel abdominal fullness/bloating, urinary urgency, and/or abdominal pain. One difficulty in using these symptoms to diagnose ovarian cancer is that they are not very specific to this disease.
Ben Ferguson
Ben Ferguson
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Dr. Ricardo Estape
Gynecology - Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Usually

Ovarian cancer is known as a silent killer because it does not give any warning signs.
Some of the vague symptoms include bloating, change in bowel habits and getting full quickly. It is a rare event when ovarian cancer causes pain and is found early. However, saying that, there are many things that can give these vague symptoms that are not ovarian cancer.

In brief: Usually

Ovarian cancer is known as a silent killer because it does not give any warning signs.
Some of the vague symptoms include bloating, change in bowel habits and getting full quickly. It is a rare event when ovarian cancer causes pain and is found early. However, saying that, there are many things that can give these vague symptoms that are not ovarian cancer.
Dr. Ricardo Estape
Dr. Ricardo Estape
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