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Symptoms to look for with ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer is one of the most deadly forms of cancer in women.

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Ovarian cancer is one of the most deadly forms of cancer in women.

This year, almost 23,000 American women will be diagnosed with the disease.

In observance of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Jessica Ebinger, an OBGYN with St. Vincent, joined us on Eyewitness News at Noon Tuesday to discuss the symptoms women should be aware of. They include:

  • bloating
  • pelvic/abdominal pain
  • difficulty eating/feeling full
  • nausea, indigestion
  • gas, constipation or diarrhea
  • extreme fatigue
  • shortness of breath
  • backaches
  • weight gain

Those with a family history of ovarian or breast cancer are at greater risk of developing the cancer.

As with all forms of cancer, early detection is key. Regular screening is a must. There are treatments available for women who are diagnosed, and girls can get the HPV vaccine.

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