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Why is ovarian cancer hard to diagnose?

David A. Fishman, MD
Gynecologic Oncology
Symptoms of ovarian cancer include: bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly, and urinary frequency and urgency. While these symptoms may help to detect ovarian carcinoma, the symptoms are not useful in differentiating early stage ovarian cancer from late stage ovarian cancer. Furthermore, in a majority of cases (75%), the first physician consulted by women with these symptoms may not immediately suspect the diagnosis. Rather, these symptoms are associated with menopause, aging, dietary changes, stress and depression.

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