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Bloating, constipation, and stomach pain are possible symptoms of ovarian cancer. However, there may be no early symptoms, or they may be similar to other conditions. This is why most women are not aware they have ovarian cancer until the disease is advanced. Pain may not be an ovarian cancer symptom, so do not to wait to feel pain before seeing your healthcare provider.
An Introduction to Signs and Symptoms of Ovarian CancerOvarian cancer is a disease in which cancerous cells form in the tissues of the ovaries. It has the highest death rate among cancers of the female reproductive tract, mainly because there may not be any obvious warning signs for ovarian cancer and no screening tests are available. Two out of three women diagnosed with ovarian cancer already have an advanced form of the disease.
Early Ovarian Cancer Symptoms
- Pelvic or abdominal (stomach) pain
- A change in bladder habits, such as urgent or frequent feelings of needing to go (urinary incontinence)
- Trouble eating or feeling full quickly.
Other Possible Signs and Symptoms of Ovarian CancerAs the cancer continues to grow within the ovaries and then spreads to other parts of the body, symptoms become more pronounced. These other possible signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer may include:
- Frequent or painful urination
- Back pain
- Loss of appetite
- Feeling of fullness, even after a light meal
- Weight gain or loss with no known reason
- Abnormal bleeding from the vagina (heavy periods or bleeding after menopause)
- General abdominal or pelvic discomfort and/or pain (gas, indigestion, pressure, swelling, bloating, or cramps)
- Pain with intercourse.