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Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian Cancer Symptoms You Should Know

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Updated December 17, 2009

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Knowing the symptoms of ovarian cancer can help lead to an early diagnosis, which increases your chance of survival. It's important to note, however, that many women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer never experienced any ovarian cancer symptoms beforehand. In addition, women who do experience these symptoms are often diagnosed with something less serious than ovarian cancer. Seeing your doctor and clearly communicating what you're feeling can help get to the bottom of whatever issue you may be facing.

Other Names for Ovarian Cancer:

cancer of the ovaries, ovarian carcinoma

Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

If symptoms are present, they may include:
  • unusual abdominal feeling of fullness

  • pelvic discomfort

  • unexplained indigestion, gas, or bloating

  • pain during sexual intercourse

  • abnormal bleeding

  • swelling and/or pain in the abdomen

Ovarian Cancer. Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000889.htm. Accessed 12/16/09.

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