Ovarian cancer consists of a malignant tumor that has grown with abnormal cells. The cancer cells spread to other body tissues by traveling over to the adjacent organs and traveling through the bloodstream or lymph node channels to other parts of the body. Symptoms are similar to other conditions, and many ovarian cancer cases are commonly misdiagnosed. The key to differentiating is the persistent or worsening signs and symptoms; digestive disorder symptoms come and go. Ovarian cancer symptoms are constant and get worse over time. Women may experience stomach pressure, swelling, urinary urgency and pelvic discomfort.
Nearly 200,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, and more than 40,000 women died of the disease, according to the National Cancer Institute. Second only to lung cancer, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American women. As in other cancers, early detection is key to successful treatment of breast cancer.