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What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer?

I am a 38 year old female. I've been vegan for 4 years. I eat a whole foods diet of fruits, vegetables, fresh juices, legumes and some grains. I recently cut out all sugar and have cut down on carbs from pasta and bread. Still, I am 35 pounds overweight and almost all of it is in my lower and now upper abdomen. I'm worried that I have some fluid build up in my stomach that is causing such severe bloating and weight problems. My mother had breast cancer at age 37. Should I be checked for ovarian cancer?
Thu, 29 Jan 2015
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Hi
Thanks for your query
Based on your query, my opinion is
1. Distension of abdomen if present needs to be evaluated for exact cause.
2. Ovarian cancer can cause abdominal distention, pain and dragging sensation in the lower abdomen.
3. Moreover it causes systemic symptoms like loss of weight, appetite, easy fatiguability, tiredness, anemia.
4. Genetic causes have been found for ovarian and breast cancer have been found, so chances are there for you to get.
5. You can get that doubt cleared by getting a ultrasound examination of abdomen.
6. You can go for genetic counselling and testing for ovarian cancer and breast cancer as well
Hope this helps
Wish you good health
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