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Ovarian cancer and weight gain: What’s the link?


(Joana Cavaco/ Medical News Today) — Symptoms of ovarian cancer include abdominal swelling and bloating, both of which people may link to weight gain. Also, some people with ovarian cancer may experience weight gain due to treatment or just living with the disease.

Ovarian cancer begins when cells in the ovaries or the fallopian tubes start to grow in an uncontrolled way and eventually spread to other parts of the body. Unfortunately, people often only detect the disease in advanced stages, when it has spread and is harder to treat.

According to the American Cancer Society, doctors only detect some 20 percent of ovarian cancer cases in their early stages. However, around 94 percent of people live longer than 5 years after diagnosis when doctors detect cancer in its early stages.

In this article, we look at the connection between ovarian cancer and weight gain, treatment options, and tips for controlling weight.

Symptoms of ovarian cancer
Symptoms of ovarian cancer can include bloating, abdominal pain, and a frequent urge to urinate.
People with ovarian cancer in the early stages may have no symptoms. Symptoms are more likely to appear when the cancer is in an advanced stage. However, symptoms can be unspecific and mistaken for those caused by other conditions. (…)

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