Know the Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

Kelly Ripa is working to raise awareness and money for Ovarian Cancer Month.

ByABC News via logo
June 13, 2007, 9:58 AM

Sept. 3, 2008 — -- September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and "Live With Regis and Kelly" co-host Kelly Ripa has partnered with Electrolux to raise awareness about the disease and money for the Ovarian Cancer Research Institute.

Hoping to raise $500,000 for the group, Electrolux will donate $200 for every Turquoise Sky Washer and Dryer sold. Find out more at

Click here to visit the Electrolux website.

The American Cancer Society and a group of cancer experts have identified a set of warning signs that may be symptoms of ovarian cancer. Symptoms of ovarian cancer are often overlooked until it's too late.

They include bloating, abdominal pain, feeling full quickly when eating and feeling a frequent or urgent need to urinate.

ABC News medical editor Dr. Tim Johnson advised that a woman who has had any of the symptoms nearly every day for more than two or three weeks should see a doctor.

"If you have all those symptoms together and they're new, that's another big clue," he said. "If they're new symptoms and they're persistent, absolutely talk to your doctor."

Johnson said news of the symptoms would likely help doctors catch ovarian cancer faster and help more women diagnosed with the disease survive.

"If you catch it before it spreads when it's still contained in the ovaries 93 percent of patients have a five-year survival rate," he said.

For those diagnosed with ovarian cancer, surgery may not be necessary, according to Johnson.

"You would have a rectal exam and ultrasound to decide whether you need further exploratory surgery," he said.

Johnson said women should consider news of the symptoms a heads-up. If the symptoms are new and persistent, neither women nor their doctor should dismiss them.

"That happens all too often," he said of doctors dismissing symptoms. "More than a third of the time."