Harvard Women's Health Watch

Do you know the symptoms of women's cancers?

Learning how to spot the signs could save your life.

Would you know if you had symptoms of ovarian cancer? There isn't any routine screening test to detect this cancer. More than 60% of women are diagnosed after their cancer has already spread—when their odds of surviving five years are less than 30%.

As familiar as we may be with our bodies, most of us don't know the symptoms of ovarian, cervical, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar cancers, research finds. Missing important symptoms or discounting them as "nothing serious" could delay us from getting the medical care that could save our lives.

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