WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Of the five main types of gynecologic cancer—cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal and vulvar, ovarian cancer is by far the deadliest.
It's called the silent killer because typically there are no symptoms or warning signs, and by the time there are, the cancer is in the advanced stages.
"They could have abdominal discomfort, abdominal bloating, nausea, changes in their bowel habits," said Dr. Walter Gajewski.
Gajewski, a gynecologic oncologist at the Zimmer Cancer Center says the problem with those symptoms of ovarian cancer is that they are often misdiagnosed as something else.
"So if women have those symptoms and those symptoms last longer than they think they should, they should talk to their doctor about getting an ultrasound or a blood test that may help to diagnose a cancer of the ovaries," said Gajewski.
About 22,000 will be diagnosed this year with ovarian cancer. About 14,000 will die from the gynecologic cancer.
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