All women are at risk for ovarian cancer, but the greatest number of ovarian cancers occur in women 60 years or older. For women in the United States, ovarian cancer is the eighth most common cancer and the fifth leading cause of cancer death.
Ovarian cancer signs
Early diagnosis is the key to survival, and the key to early diagnosis is recognizing the symptoms of ovarian cancer:
- Pelvic or abdominal pain
- Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
- Urgency or frequency of urination
Ovarian cancer diagnosis
There’s no effective screening test for ovarian cancer, and it can be very hard to identify ovarian cancer early. The signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer aren’t always clear and may be hard to recognize so it’s important to pay attention to your body and know what’s normal for you. If you notice any symptoms of ovarian cancer that last for 2 weeks or longer, talk to your doctor and ask about possible causes. Something other than cancer can cause symptoms, but the only way to know is to see your health care professional.
Medicare coverage for ovarian cancer screening
Medicare covers many services to address your concerns, like a yearly wellness visit, bone mass measurement, cervical cancer screenings, mammograms, and cardiovascular screenings. Medicare also covers other preventive services. Talk to your doctor about risk factors, and schedule your next screening.
September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, a perfect time for you to learn more about this disease and know the symptoms. Visit the Centers for Disease Control for more information on signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer.