Ovarian Cancer Symptoms

    Symptoms of ovarian cancer are not specific to the disease, and they often mimic those of many other more-common conditions, including digestive and bladder problems.

    When ovarian cancer symptoms are present, they tend to be persistent and worsen with time. Signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer may include:

    Abdominal pressure, fullness, swelling or bloating

    Pelvic discomfort or pain

    Persistent indigestion, gas or nausea

    Changes in bowel habits, such as constipation

    Changes in bladder habits, including a frequent need to urinate

    Loss of appetite or quickly feeling full

    Increased abdominal girth or clothes fitting tighter around your waist

    A persistent lack of energy

    Low back pain

When to see a doctor:  As Soon As Possible

Make an appointment with your doctor if you have any signs or symptoms that worry you.

If you have a family history of ovarian cancer or breast cancer, talk to your doctor about your risk of ovarian cancer. In some cases, your doctor may refer you to a genetic counselor to discuss testing for certain gene mutations that increase your risk of breast and ovarian cancers.

Mayo Clinic Staff

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