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Know the Facts

Early detection and education are critical to treating Ovarian Cancer. There is no single conclusive reliable detection method; the PAP test does NOT detect Ovarian Cancer.

Risk Factors

  • Increasing age, with highest occurrence over 50
  • Family history or personal history of ovarian, breast, or colon cancer
  • Presence of BCRA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations
  • No pregnancies, infertility (uninterrupted ovulation)
  • Ashkenazi Jewish descent


  • Listen to your body, do not ignore symptoms and have an annual rectovaginal pelvic exam
  • Vague but persistent gastrointestinal complaints such as gas, nausea, and indigestion
  • Frequency and/or urgency of urination
  • Unexplained change in bowel habits
  • Pelvic and/or abdominal swelling and/or pain; bloating and/or a feeling of fullness
  • Weight gain or loss
  • On-going fatigue
  • Abnormal postmenopausal bleeding
  • Pain during intercourse

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