Growth of Coarse Chin or Nose Hair

What it might mean: Possible symptoms of ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer—the fifth most common cancer in women—is known as a silent killer, which is why it's imperative for every woman to be aware of all its warning signs.

Located on either side of the uterus, the ovaries' primary function is to produce eggs and pump out female hormones such as estrogen and progesterone that regulate the menstrual cycle. An ovarian tumor or cancer of the ovary can cause overproduction of male hormones (androgens). Too much production of the male hormone testosterone, for instance, can cause excessive facial hair, also known as hirsutism, which can manifest as coarse growth on the chin or in the nose.

Additional warning signs of ovarian cancer include:
  • Noticeable bloating and weight gain around the abdomen, or increased abdominal size
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • A change in bowel movements
  • Difficultly eating or feeling full quickly
  • Frequent or urgent need to urinate
  • Back pain

    If you've noticed any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment right away with your gynecologist. They will perform an abdominal exam and possibly order an ultrasound to look at the ovaries, among other possible tests. If ovarian cancer is suspected or found, you will be referred to a gynecologic oncologist. Use this ovarian cancer symptom tracker to help you detect the early warning signs of ovarian cancer.

    To ward off ovarian cancer, studies show that certain foods such as cruciferous vegetables (collard greens, cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts) could reduce your risk.

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