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Ovarian cancer usually does not cause any symptoms until after it has spread outside the ovary. Even advanced stage ovarian cancer often causes vague symptoms, which are similar to those of many other common diseases. When a doctor diagnoses ovarian cancer, the cancer usually has already spread outside the ovaries, at which point it is more 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
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.
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