Ovarian cancer rarely causes any signs or symptoms in its early stages. Even as the disease advances, the symptoms can be vague and easily mistaken for other conditions, such as constipation or pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS).
Some common symptoms of ovarian cancer include:
- Feeling constantly bloated
- Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly when eating
- Frequent or urgent urination
- Pelvic or abdominal pain
These symptoms are more likely to be caused by benign (non-cancerous) diseases or by other conditions. But If you have these symptoms, especially if they persist and occur more than 12 times in a month, see your doctor as soon as possible. The sooner ovarian cancer is found and treated, the better your chance for recovery.
Others symptoms of ovarian cancer can include:
- Persistent fatigue
- Unexplained weight loss
- Pain during sex
- Abdominal swelling
- Changes in bowel habits, such as constipation
These are all symptoms of other less serious conditions but if you have any of them, it is better to get them checked out by your doctor so the problem can be found and treated if necessary.