Bloating and tummy pain - is it ovarian cancer?

I often see women in my surgery asking if their tummy bloating can be due to ovarian cancer as bloating can be a sign of ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer can be devastating, especially as too many women with ovarian cancer are diagnosed too late, often when the cancer has spread which can make treatment more difficult.

How does ovarian cancer develop?

Each woman has two ovaries which make eggs. Each month an egg is released from one of the ovaries into the womb. The ovaries also make the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone. Ovarian cancer is cancer which arises from the cells in and around the ovary. A cancer occurs when the cells of the body are not normal and then multiply out of control. This growth of abnormal cells can damage nearby tissues and organs or part of the cancer can spread via the blood stream or lymph channels to different parts of the body.

Read on to find out who is commonly affected by ovarian cancer.


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