Ovarian cancer is a fast-growing cancer that often isn’t detected until it’s in an advanced stage. The ovaries are almond-sized sacks that produce eggs, estrogen, testosterone and progesterone in the female body — there are two of them, one on each side of the uterus. Ovarian cancer typically doesn’t produce symptoms until the disease has progressed, typically spreading from the ovaries into the pelvis and abdomen. However, even then, the symptoms are usually vague and are common symptoms of many other diseases or conditions. For this reason, the symptoms are often ignored and the disease is allowed to progress. Any symptoms that could be attributed to ovarian cancer should be examined by a doctor quickly for the best possible prognosis. In addition, though some symptoms of ovarian cancer often come and go in the average healthy women, it is important to consult a doctor if they ever become worse or more persistent.
Further if symptoms such as abdominal pain, blotting, heaviness and pain in the pelvic area, loss of appetite, persist see your gynaecologist and have a pelvic examination or an ultrasound.
If your insurance does not cover gynaecological examinations please go to the Government Women's Clinic on Victoria Street in Hamilton and request a pelvic examination, they will inform you if your concerns need a further diagnostic evaluation. If the Women's Clinic refers you to a gynaecologist or for an ultrasound and you need assistance please contact us [email protected].