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What are the symptoms and risk factors for ovarian cancer?

The symptoms of ovarian cancer are:
  • vague but persistent and unexplained gastrointestinal complaints
  • pelvic and/or abdominal swelling or pain; bloating and/or feeling of fullness
  • unexplained change in bowel habits
  • frequency and/or urgency of urination
  • unexplained weight gain or loss
  • new and unexplained abnormal postmenopausal vaginal bleeding
The risk factors for ovarian cancer are:
  • peri- and postmenopause
  • uninterrupted ovulation (no pregnancies and no prior use of oral contraceptives)
  • family or personal history of breast or ovarian cancer
  • presence of BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations

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