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Being Aware Of The
Symptoms For 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. Women with ovarian cancer report that symptoms are persistent and represent a change from normal for their bodies. 

The following symptoms of ovarian cancer, and sometimes other gynecological cancers, tend to mimic those of other conditions, including digestive disorders. With a digestive disorder, they tend to come and go. With other gynecological cancers like ovarian cancer, the symptoms are constant and will gradually worsen.


It is important to chec with a health professional if you experience any of the following symptoms especially if they persist.

  • General abdominal or pelvic discomfort and/or pain including gas, indigestion, nausea, pressure, swelling, bloating, and cramps.
  • Diarrhea, constipation, or urinary urgency and frequent urination.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Unexplained weight loss or gain.
  • Clothes fitting tighter around your waist.
  • Pain during intercourse.
  • Irregular periods.
  • Abnormal bleeding from the vagina.
  • A persistent lack of energy.
  • Low back pain.


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Resource: Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance