Early-Stage Ovarian Cancer:

Even the "silent killer" presents symptoms

UBM Medica US announces that OBGYN.net presents a special report on early-stage ovarian cancer symptoms. According to an analysis by Barbara Goff, MD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of the division of gynecologic oncology at the University of Washington, there are still significant hurdles to developing a cost-effective screening test for ovarian cancer, research indicates that early-stage ovarian cancer presents signs and symptoms that can aid in early detection.

Due in part to the difficulty of detection, ovarian cancer is the deadliest of gynecologic cancers. "Historically ovarian cancer was considered a 'silent killer' because symptoms weren't supposed to develop until the disease was too far advanced to make a difference," said Goff. "However, over the last decade there has been a large amount of research showing that women with ovarian cancer do, in fact, present with symptoms, even in early stages."