Unfortunately, early ovarian cancer may not cause obvious symptoms. The early symptoms are often subtle, and can be confused with symptoms of other benign conditions, for example, gastric diseases. However, as the cancer grows the symptoms may become more pronounced.
These symptoms may include:
- Pressure or pain in the abdomen, pelvis, back, or legs
- A swollen or bloated abdomen
- Nausea, indigestion, gas, constipation, or diarrhea
- Constant fatigue
Less common symptoms may include:
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling the need to urinate often
- Unusual vaginal bleeding, including heavy periods, or bleeding after menopause
In most cases, these symptoms are not caused by ovarian cancer. However, if you experience any of these symptoms, or simply suspect that something isn’t right, be sure to check with your provider.