Ovarian cancer symptoms are often unclear. Women and sometime the doctors often pinpoint the more general symptoms or conditions on other. Once the cancer is diagnosed, usually the ovarian cancer has often in advance level, spread beyond the ovaries to the nearby organs.
General symptoms of ovarian cancer are associated with symptoms that many of them are not serious such as abdominal pressure, swelling or bloating, pelvic discomfort, loss of appetite, and low back pain.
However, women who experience the symptoms for more than three weeks, she better to contact the doctor and recommend to having the following simple tests:
- Bimanual rectovaginal exam
In this bimanual rectovaginal exam, a doctor will inserting one finger into the rectum vagina and another into the vagina, to feel for any tumor lumps around the ovaries.
- CA-125 test
Most women with Stage-3 or Stage-4 ovarian cancer have elevated levels of CA-125. CA-125 is a protein which is normally found in the body, but which is often produced at higher levels by tumor cells. A blood test can measure your level of CA-125.
- Transvaginal ultrasound test
Along a transvaginal ultrasound, an ultrasound device probe is placed inside the vagina to take ‘scan and take pictures.’ The images may be printed out as a picture or can be seen live on a video monitor.
If some abnormalities are identified during the tests, it will need further analysis, since these are initial tests, it can not prove that you have ovarian cancer.
To distinguish between a benign tumor and a malignant growth and, an advance diagnostic tests are necessary.