Early detection of ovarian cancer is crucial, but also very difficult. The early warning signs of ovarian cancer may be nothing more than some minor pelvic discomfort or bloating.
For that reason, the symptoms of ovarian cancer may not trigger a visit to a doctor. They may not even be viewed as any cause for alarm. But medical professionals stress the importance of detecting ovarian cancer early because that is when treatment is more likely to be successful. If cancer spreads from the ovaries to other parts of the pelvis and abdomen, treatment is more difficult and often fatal, according to the Mayo Clinic.