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Ovarian cancer symptoms

Ovarian cancer usually has no symptoms in its early stages and so it is typically diagnosed when the cancer is more advanced.  

When symptoms do occur they can include: 

  • a bloated or swollen abdomen 
  • a loss of appetite 
  • quickly feeling full 
  • pressure, discomfort or pain in the abdomen or pelvis 
  • changes in toilet habits such as diarrhoea, constipation, increased flatulence or passing more urine more often 
  • unexplained weight loss or gain 
  • indigestion or nausea 
  • feeling tired with no explanation 
  • changes in menstruation or bleeding after menopause 
  • pain during sex. 

Symptoms for ovarian cancer can be similar to other conditions and are not necessarily due to cancer. However, if you do experience any of these symptoms and they are new or unusual or last for more than a few weeks, it is important to see your doctor.

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This page was last updated on: Tuesday, June 4, 2019

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