Ovarian Cancer Symptoms

Recent studies have shown that the following symptoms are more likely to occur in women with ovarian cancer:

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Difficulty eating
  • Feeling full quickly
  • Urinary symptoms, including increased urgency or frequency of urination

Symptoms are most often persistent for at least two weeks and represent a change from normal for the individual. Many women experience these symptoms at times, but they do not all have ovarian cancer. The number and/or frequency of symptoms are significant factors in diagnosis—even early-stage ovarian cancer can exhibit symptoms. Women who experience these symptoms almost daily, or for more than a few weeks, should see a gynecologist. Early diagnosis and medical attention are crucial for the best possible prognosis.