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Early Signs of Ovarian Cancer

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11. Frequent urination

If a woman goes to the bathroom much more frequently than usual — and she is not pregnant or has an infection — it’s a good idea to investigate this further. “This is not a common early sign of ovarian cancer,” Dr. Tarricone said. However, the bladder and ovaries are located very close to one another, and sometimes the urinary tract may be affected if the woman has ovarian cancer. The tumor, when it’s too big, may be pressing on the bladder, causing increased pressure within the abdomen, causing frequent and urgent need to go to the restroom. Urinary incontinence is one of the two most common early signs of the cancer (along with abdominal pain), according to a study of 107 ovarian cancer patients.

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