Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

For years, women have known that ovarian cancer was not the silent killer it was said to be. Over the past decade, science has confirmed what women have long known: ovarian cancer has symptoms.

The symptoms are

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
  • Urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency)

See your doctor, preferably a gynecologist, if you have these symptoms more than 12 times during the course of one month and the symptoms are new or unusual for you.

As medical research continues to investigate this important issue, numerous studies have been published indicating that symptoms may not occur until late stage or that they may not improve health outcomes.  The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance believes that symptoms are still relevant, but they are not a definitive diagnostic tool.  Since there is no diagnostic tool for ovarian cancer, symptom awareness remains of key importance .  Being cognizant of symptoms can help women get diagnosed sooner.

The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance offers two free resources women can use to track symptoms of ovarian cancer: an Ovarian Cancer Symptom Diary App and a printable Symptom Diary.

Below are links to studies about ovarian cancer symptoms.