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What Are the Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer?

Ovarian cancer often causes vague symptoms. When a doctor diagnoses ovarian cancer, the cancer may have already spread outside the ovaries, at which point it is difficult to cure. These are the symptoms that are often associated with ovarian cancer:

  • Indigestion, heartburn, nausea, or gas

  • Abdominal (belly) swelling or discomfort

  • Pelvic pain or cramping

  • Bloating or a sense of fullness, even after eating small meals

  • Backache

  • Painful, frequent, or burning urination with no infection

  • Diarrhea or constipation

  • Fatigue (extreme tiredness)

  • Loss of appetite or unintentional weight loss or gain

  • Shortness of breath

  • Vaginal bleeding (rare) or irregular periods

  • Pain during intercourse

These symptoms may be caused by ovarian cancer or by other less serious conditions. If the symptoms persist, it's important to check with a doctor.

Online Medical Reviewer: Dozier, Tennille, RN, BSN, RDMS
Online Medical Reviewer: MMI board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Last Review Date: 9/18/2013
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