For healthcare professionals only

Letters Ovarian cancer

Symptoms are not early signs of ovarian cancer

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 29 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3955
  1. Marian J Mourits, professor and gynaecological oncologist1,
  2. Geertruida H de Bock, associate professor and clinical epidemiologist1
  1. 1University Medical Centre Groningen, University of Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands
  1. M.J.E.Mourits{at}

    Hamilton and colleagues detected significant associations between bloating and increased abdominal distension and diagnosis of ovarian cancer,1 but these symptoms are not early signs of ovarian cancer but of advanced stage disease: an enlarged ovary, omental cake, or ascites. Visiting a doctor will result in diagnosis but not improved prognosis.

    Bloating …

    View Full Text

    Log in

    Log in through your institution


    * For online subscription