Ovarian cancer occurs in a woman’s ovaries, the egg producing organs located in the pelvis. Ovaries not only produce eggs, they secrete the hormones estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Scientists are unsure of the causes of ovarian cancer.
Ovarian cancer is best treated when detected early, before it has spread to other sites in the pelvis and abdomen. However, symptoms of the disease are non-specific and can be confused with other conditions such as digestive issues. Women are strongly encouraged to have regular checkups by a gynecologist.
Signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer can include:
- abdominal pressure, bloating or pain
- changes in bowel or bladder habits
- low back pain
- loss of appetite, persistent gas, or nausea
- fatigue and lack of energy
Make an appointment if you have these symptoms or a family history that includes ovarian cancer. Risk of ovarian cancer increases with age and can develop after menopause. Dr. Amy M. Siegel has both the skill and compassion to deal with a diagnosis of ovarian cancer. There is a difference in women’s health care.