Written By Georgia Sutherland
Ovarian cancer occurs when cells in the ovary begin to multiply abnormally and a tumour grows. It is one of the deadliest cancers for women; according to the American Cancer Society, our chance of getting ovarian cancer in our lifetime is about 1 in 75. They estimate that over 14,000 American women will die from ovarian cancer in 2017.
But as with all forms of cancer, our best chance at survival is early detection. Healthline explains that the symptoms of ovarian cancer are also symptoms of less serious issues, so it often goes undetected. The following are symptomatic of ovarian cancer when they a) are a marked difference from your normal wellbeing, and b) occur persistently over time. Try keeping a health diary, and record your experience of these symptoms over a month. If any of them occur more than twelve times in a month, see your doctor to discuss. Here are those symptoms: