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Ovarian Cancer


Because there is no reliable screening test for ovarian cancer, it is important for women to learn about the symptoms of Ovarian Cancer.

  • Pelvic and abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
  • Frequency or urgency of urination​

More symptoms include ongoing fatigue, indigestion, constipation, back pain, menstrual disorders, and pain during intercourse. ​

These symptoms may be caused by things other than cancer. However, if a woman experiences these symptoms nearly every day for more than a few weeks, she should talk to her doctor or health care provider right away. 

Risk Factors

Every woman is at risk for Ovarian Cancer; however, the following factors may increase a woman’s risk of developing Ovarian Cancer. 

Increasing age (55 or older)

Personal or family history of ovarian, breast, or colon cancer

Early onset of periods and/or late menopause

No pregnancies or no birth control use

Infertility or use of fertility drugs  ​


Additional resources:

American Cancer Society

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Cancer Institute

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition

Ovarian Cancer National Alliance

The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, Inc.  


Health Promotion and Chronic Disease
350 Capitol Street, Room 514  Charleston, WV 25301-3715
Ph: (304) 356-4193 Fx: (304) 558-1553