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Health A-Z

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Harvard Medical School

When to Call A Doctor

Check with your doctor if you notice any of these symptoms:

  • abdominal discomfort or pain that doesn't go away or gets worse

  • bloating

  • unexplained nausea or diarrhea that doesn't go away or gets worse

  • frequent urination

  • sudden weight gain or loss

  • abnormal vaginal bleeding.

The symptoms of ovarian cancer are vague and often blamed on other conditions. If you are high risk of ovarian cancer, it's important to have regular pelvic exams. Watch for symptoms, too. Women at high risk of developing ovarian cancer include those who:

  • have specific forms of the breast cancer genes BRCA1 or BRCA2

  • have had a first-degree relative (sister, mother, or daughter) diagnosed with ovarian cancer

  • have a first degree relative who has had breast or colon cancer.

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