Signs that May Point to Ovarian Cancer Provide Early Detection - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/8/04

Signs that May Point to Ovarian Cancer Provide Early Detection

New research suggests that a cancer dubbed a "silent killer" may not be so silent after all. The disease is ovarian cancer.

Every year, 23,000 women are diagnosed and 14,000 die from the disease. Now, a study of nearly 2,000 women finds many are showing some of the same symptoms in the months before they're diagnosed, that ovarian cancer patients in the study were much more likely to experience chronic back pain, fatigue, bloating, and constipation compared to women who were cancer free.

The report in the Journal of the American Medical Association notes that many of the healthy women in the study suffered similar problems, but only a couple times a month. While those with cancer or benign tumors had symptoms that appeared almost on a daily basis.

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