5 Things You Need to Know About Ovarian Cancer

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What to Do

3. Ask your doctor to run a diagnostic test. One of the most common reasons it takes so long to find ovarian cancer is that primary care physicians don't think to investigate ovarian cancer because it is rare and without definitive symptoms, and thus don't perform the necessary tests. If you suspect you might have ovarian cancer, make sure that you get a pelvic exam, transvaginal ultrasound and CA125 blood test.

4. Request a referral to a specialist. If your tests suggest you might have ovarian cancer -- or if you are convinced that your bloating is more serious than your physician thinks -- try to see a gynecologist or -- even better -- a gynecological oncologist, a gynecologist who specializes in cancers of the reproductive system.

5. Be committed to a healthy lifestyle: Exercise and a good diet are some of the best ways to prevent any type of cancer, says Dr. Brewer. Aim for at least 20 minutes of exercise a day and eat a diet high in green leafy vegetables and fruits.

Want More Information?

Check out these great resources.

  • Gynecologic Cancer Foundation www.thegcf.org or www.wcn.org
  • National Ovarian Cancer Coalition www.ovarian.org
  • Ovarian Cancer National Alliance www.ovariancancer.org
  • Ovarian Cancer Research Fund www.ocrf.org
  • Read Our Story on Gynecologic Cancers

Originally published on LHJ.com, September 2009.


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