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Understanding Ovarian Cancer -- Symptoms

What Are the Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer?

Although ovarian cancer rarely produces symptoms in its earliest stages, eventual warning signs may include:

  • Vague digestive disturbances, such as mild indigestion, bloating, feeling of fullness, or loss of appetite, gas
  • Diarrhea, constipation, or a frequent need to urinate
  • Pain or swelling in the abdomen, or pain in the lower back or pelvic pressure
  • Vaginal bleeding between menstrual periods or after menopause
  • Shortness of breath

Symptoms associated with advanced ovarian cancer include severe nausea, vomiting, pain, and weight loss.

Call Your Doctor About Ovarian Cancer If:

You have unexplained abdominal pain or vaginal bleeding, particularly if these conditions accompany the more general symptoms listed in the description section; do not allow such symptoms to continue undiagnosed for more than two weeks.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Sujana Movva, MD on April 02, 2013

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