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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


Symptoms associated with advanced ovarian cancer include severe nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, 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 Trina Pagano, MD on March 09, 2015

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