Detecting ovarian cancer early

February 21, 2008 6:16:51 PM PST
Ovarian cancer has been called the silent killer because the signs can often go undetected. Here with more information is a women's health expert from the California Pacific Medical Center, Dr. Ricki Pollycove.

Ovarian cancer usually happens in women over age 50, but it can also affect younger women. Its cause is unknown. Ovarian cancer is hard to detect early.

The sooner ovarian cancer is found and treated, the better your chance for recovery. But ovarian cancer is hard to detect early. Many times, women with ovarian cancer have no symptoms or just mild symptoms until the disease is in an advanced stage and hard to treat.

Symptoms may include:

  • Heavy feeling in pelvis
  • Pain in lower abdomen
  • Bleeding from the vagina
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Abnormal periods
  • Unexplained back pain that gets worse
  • Gas, nausea, vomiting, or loss of appetite

Dr. Ricki Pollycove's website:

About Dr. Ricki Pollycove:
Dr. Ricki Pollycove has a national reputation for offering highly individualized and sensitive health care to women for over 20 years. She is a leader in the promotion of women's wellness through health education devoted to disease prevention, complete understanding of available treatment options and patient empowerment. Dr. Pollycove has lectured widely to women in many settings and is a featured speaker at continuing education courses for doctors. She offers comprehensive individual counseling, consultation and complete physical exams and gynecologic services, including major and minor surgery.