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Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the United States. Unfortunately, many times there are few early warning signs. And there is not a good screening modality for ovarian cancer.

Many patients experience vague signs and symptoms, including the following:

  • Bloating
  • Back pain
  • Abdominal swelling or pain
  • Changes in bowel or urinary habits

It is estimated that 5-10% of ovarian cancers are hereditary. Often, a patient will have a mass in the pelvis and fluid in the abdominal cavity (ascites). The result of a blood test, Ca 125, is often elevated.

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