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Ovarian Cancer: Symptoms

What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer often doesn’t cause any symptoms until after it’s spread outside the ovary. Even then, it often causes vague symptoms. These are similar to those of many other more common diseases. These symptoms can include the following:

  • Indigestion, heartburn, nausea, or gas

  • Belly swelling or discomfort

  • Pelvic pain or cramping

  • Bloating or a sense of fullness, especially after eating

  • Backache

  • Painful, frequent, or burning during urination with no infection

  • Diarrhea or constipation

  • Tiredness and lack of energy (fatigue)

  • Loss of appetite or unplanned weight loss or weight gain

  • Vaginal bleeding or irregular periods

  • Pain during sex

  • Enlarged lymph nodes in the neck or groin

When to see your healthcare provider

Many of these symptoms may be caused by other health problems. But it’s important to see your healthcare provider if you have these symptoms. Only a healthcare provider can tell if you have cancer.

Online Medical Reviewer: Howard Goodman MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Lu Cunningham
Date Last Reviewed: 10/1/2018
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