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Ovarian Cancer Symptoms

In the early stage, ovarian cancer may cause several symptoms. However, the symptoms may be vague, they may not be associated with the ovarian cancer. For example, bloating is the most common early symptom of ovarian cancer.

Due to that, it is often regarded as the ‘silent killer’ because many women with ovarian cancer are often ignore the symptom until the disease has reached an advanced stage. In addition to bloating, the following are the most common early symptoms of ovarian cancer:

  • Pelvic or abdominal (stomach) pain
  • Frequent or urgent urination
  • Difficulty eating or feeling of fullness, even after a light meal

As ovarian cancer grows, symptoms may also include:

  • Back pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Persistent fatigue
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Sudden weight gain or weight loss
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Pain during sex intercourse
  • Upset stomach or heartburn
  • Shortness of breath
  • Changes in bowel movements

The symptoms listed above are not sure signs of ovarian cancer. Other disease or health problems can also cause similar symptoms. If you have any possible signs or symptoms of ovarian cancer, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. The sooner ovarian cancer is found and treated, the better your chance for recovery from the disease.