Women possess two ovaries, which produce eggs for reproduction, and two fallopian tubes, each of which is a pair of elongated, slender tubes located on either side of the uterus. The eggs then travel through the fallopian tubes to the uterus. Additionally, the ovaries secrete female hormones. Ovarian cancer is a cluster of diseases that arise in the ovaries or in the associated regions of the fallopian tubes and the peritoneum, which is the tissue layer that coats the organs within the abdomen.
Common indications of ovarian cancer may include:
- Unusual vaginal bleeding (especially for those past menopause) or abnormal discharge
- Pain or pressure in the pelvic region
- Abdominal or back pain
- Feeling full too quickly or difficulty eating
- A shift in bathroom habits such as increased frequency or urge to urinate and/or constipation.
There is no straightforward or dependable screening method for ovarian cancer in women who exhibit no symptoms. Therefore, it is important to pay attention to your body and be aware of what is normal for you. If you notice any unusual vaginal discharge or changes from your typical routine, seek medical attention immediately.
Basic Information About Ovarian Cancer. Assessed on December 23, 2022 from https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/ovarian/basic_info/index.htm