Signs of Ovarian Cancer

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Ovarian cancer is known as a “silent disease,” because symptoms are usually not noticeable in its early stages. It’s important to recognize the symptoms of ovarian cancer and to contact your doctor if you experience any of the following:

  • Frequent and/or urgent urination in the absence of an infection
  • Ongoing unusual fatigue
  • Pelvic and/or abdominal swelling, bloating and/or feeling of fullness or pressure
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain or discomfort
  • Unexplained changes in bowel habits
  • Unexplained weight gain or weight loss
  • Vague but persistent gastrointestinal upset, such as gas, nausea and indigestion

Swelling, pressure, bloating or pain in your abdomen or pelvis that lasts for more than a few weeks should be checked by a doctor. Similarly, most ovarian cysts are not cancerous and are unlikely to become cancerous. Complex ovarian cysts will be carefully examined by your doctor for abnormalities.