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Johns Hopkins Health - Don't Be Fooled

Fall 2008
Issue No. 2

Don't Be Fooled

Date: September 24, 2008

Pelvic pain, bloating, changes in diet and bowel habits, and unexplained weight loss are often attributed to the flu or irritable bowel syndrome. But they may also be signs of ovarian cancer.

Women should know that Pap smears don’t detect ovarian cancer. The best defense is a yearly comprehensive visit to a gynecologist that includes a bimanual exam to detect abnormal pelvic masses.