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Symptomatology of ovarian cancer.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.


The symptomatology of ovarian cancer was retrospectively reviewed in 362 patients. According to the stage at diagnosis, the disease was classified as early (stages IA-IIA) or advanced (stages IIB-IV). The most common initial symptoms were abdominal swelling and/or palpable tumour, pain and gastro-intestinal symptoms. The initial symptoms, however, were not necessarily those that prompted the patients to seek medical advice. Most were first seen by a gynecologist, which possibly explains the shortness of doctor's delay in the urbanized catchment region.

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