According to a study done by the Fred Hutchison Cancer Cancer, a quick three-question survey as part of patient intake can help women with the symptoms of ovarian cancer be diagnosed with the disease sooner. The survey asks women if they have had abdominal/pelvic pain, feel full quickly when they eat and/or abdominal bloating. Women are also asked how long and how severe these symptoms are.
Of 1,200 women in the study evaluating the questions, 5 percent gave answers that indicated the need for follow up tests. One of the 60 women was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Of the women who did not indicate symptoms that would suggest ovarian cancer, none were diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the year following their responses.
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