Ovarian cancer has often traditionally been considered a silent disease with few -- if any -- symptoms, making it a very deadly cancer to diagnose in time.
That is why so many women -- 14,230 -- are estimated by the American Cancer Society to die from the disease this coming year.
However, the Cancer Care Centers of South Texas in San Antonio wants to make sure that women know that there are symptoms, as noted by a University of Washington research study, which found 95 percent of ovarian cancers could have been detected.
The problem is that they are vague.
Dr. Antonio Santillan-Gomez, a gynecologic oncologist says, "They tend to be mild, nonspecific, but one of the things they seem to be is persistent."
The signs and symptoms often mimic digestive issues with abdominal pressure, swelling or bloating, pelvic pain, persistent gas or nausea, changes in bowel or urination, increase girth at the waist, lack of energy and lower back pain.
Jenny Mills was diagnosed at 42 with Stage 3 ovarian cancer, despite clean pap smears each year.
Mills said, "My Pap (smears) always came out fine, so I assumed everything was fine. I thought, 'Oh, it's just PMS, or I'm allergic to some kind of food I'm eating,' but if those symptoms don't go away, get them checked out."
When she did, she learned she would have to have surgery and chemotherapy.
Luckily, she is now in remission.
Santillan-Gomez warns, "The longer you wait, you have less chance to catch this cancer early. And the key of cure of this cancer is to detect it as early as possible."