Ovarian Cancer: Symptoms

Ovarian Cancer

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Ovarian cancer can cause several symptoms, but these symptoms can also be caused by other common conditions. Unfortunately, in its earliest stages, ovarian cancer may not cause any noticeable symptoms. Some symptoms are so vague and can be caused by so many other more common conditions (such as gastrointestinal problems) that women may not pay attention to the symptoms that they have. When symptoms are connected with ovarian cancer, they tend to be chronic and to get worse over time.

  • Abdominal pain and bloating
  • Weight loss
  • Feeling full without having eaten very much
  • Changes in bowel habits, especially constipation
  • Needing to urinate frequently
  • A feeling of fullness in the pelvis
  • Clothes fitting more tightly around the belly
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Lower back pain

Photo courtesy of the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Ohio