PCOS & Ovarian Cancer

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) happens when a woman’s ovaries or adrenal glands produce more male hormones than normal. PCOS causes cysts (fluid-filled sacs) to grow on the ovaries.

In addition, risk of ovarian cancer has been shown to increase 2-3x in women with PCOS.

Symptoms Include:

  • Irregular menstrual periods

  • Infertility

  • Pelvic pain

  • Excess hair growth on the face, stomach, chest, or thighs

  • Weight gain

Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer is a group of diseases that originates in the ovaries, or in the related areas of the fallopian tubes and the peritoneum.

Symptoms Include:

  • Vaginal bleeding / abnormal discharge

  • Pelvic pain or unusual pressure

  • Feeling full too quickly

  • Abnormal bloating

  • Frequent or constant urgency to urinate

What do I do if I have these symptoms?

These symptoms can be attributed to many types of reproductive health issues. If you are noticing symptoms, consult a healthcare professional. Click here to access the Black Healthcare Professionals Network in Ontario.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2023, June 14). Basic information about ovarian cancer. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/ovarian/basic_info/index.htm