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Symptoms

In some cases, ovarian cancer may cause early symptoms. The most common symptoms of ovarian cancer include:4

  • Frequent bloating.
  • Pain in your belly or pelvis.
  • Trouble eating, or feeling full quickly.
  • Urinary problems, such as an urgent need to urinate or urinating more often than usual.

If you have one or more of these symptoms, and it occurs almost daily for more than 2 or 3 weeks, talk with your doctor.

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These symptoms are common for some women. They may not mean that you have ovarian cancer. But the early symptoms of ovarian cancer follow a pattern:

  • They start suddenly.
  • They feel different than your normal digestive or menstrual problems.
  • They happen almost every day and don't go away.

Other symptoms that affect some women with ovarian cancer include:

But these symptoms are also common in some women who don't have ovarian cancer.

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Last Updated: October 22, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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