Is Ovarian Cyst Pain An Early Warning Sign Of Cancer?

About Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer is a cancer of the ovaries. The ovaries are made up of 3 main kinds of cells. Each type of cell can develop into a different type of tumor. Every woman is born with two ovaries that are on each side of her uterus. Even though ovaries are small in size (almond for scale), they are quite amazing with their reproductive functions. Ovaries have two main reproductive functions: producing eggs for fertilization and produce hormones, such as, estrogen and progesterone. Read More

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When to worry…

According to, these symptoms are also commonly caused by benign (non-cancerous) diseases and by cancers of other organs. When they are caused by ovarian cancer, they tend to be persistent and a change from normal − for example, they occur more often or are more severe. These symptoms are more likely to be caused by other conditions, and most of them occur just about as often in women who don’t have ovarian cancer. But if you have these symptoms more than 12 times a month, see your doctor so the problem can be found and treated if necessary.

Signs & Symptoms

Most common symptoms of early-stage ovarian cancer may include:
  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Trouble eating or feeling full fast
  • Urgency to urinate or having to urinate often

Other symptoms

  • Fatigue
  • Upset stomach
  • Pain in your back
  • Pain while having sex
  • Constipated
  • Changes in menstrual period. Such as, heavier bleeding or irregular bleeding
  • Belly swelling with weight loss

Ovarian Cyst Pain

According to, ovary pain, which is often felt in the lower abdomen, pelvis, or lower back, are related to ovulation and menstruation. A GYN problem like endometriosis or pelvic inflammatory disease, or even a medical condition affecting your digestive or urinary system can be to blame. This can make the diagnosis more difficult.

Common cause of ovary pain

  • Menstrual Pain
  • Mittelschmerz Pain
  • Ovarian Cyst
  • Endometriosis
  • Ectopic Pregnancy
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
  • Uterine Fibroids

Can ovarian cancer be detected early?

About 20% of cancer of the ovaries are detected early. Fortunately, 94% of patients that had early ovarian cancer detection live 5+ years longer post diagnosis. Read more at

Stay up to date with your Well Woman Exam

A regular Well Woman Check can help preventing cervical cancer caused by HPV. A Well Woman Exam is a yearly visit to your gynecologist which includes a breast exam, a PAP smear, a pelvic exam, and birth control counseling. The vagina and labia are inspected for lesions and discharges. A speculum is placed in the vagina to evaluate the upper vagina and to perform a HPV test and the PAP smear. Cultures may be obtained for STD screening. The uterus and ovaries are examined.

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