Educate yourself!

Because early-stage ovarian cancer can rarely be detected, it is vital for women to understand the signs and symptoms. They masquerade as normal, every day issues that all women face and are often ignored because of their mundane nature.

Signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer may include:

  • Abdominal bloating or swelling

  • Feeling full quickly after eating

  • Loss of appetite

  • Nausea

  • Upset stomach or indegestion

  • Weight loss

  • Discomfort, pain or cramping in the pelvic area

  • Pain in the lower back

  • Unexplained fatigue

  • Menstrual changes

  • Changes in bowel habits, such as constipation

  • A frequent need to urinate

  • Lumps or firmness in the abdomen


  • Listen to your body and take a proactive approach by learning the signs. Discuss your risk factors and any noticeable symptoms with a doctor, no matter how “normal” they may seem.

  • Do not ignore the small signs. Speak up and reach out to your doctor, even if you’re not sure.

  • Spread the word! Share this information with your friends and loved ones so that they may be proactive as well.

  • REMEMBER - Advocating for yourself IS advocating for your family!

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