Ovarian Cancer

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Most women with ovarian cancer have some symptoms. However, these symptoms may feel vague, seem minor, or may be explained by other non-cancerous or less serious conditions. For example, a woman may think, "I'm getting older, so it's probably normal that I'm gaining weight" or "I seem to be going to the bathroom more frequently, but it's probably just an infection."

You should see your doctor if any of the following problems occur:

  • General abdominal discomfort or pain (gas, indigestion, pressure, swelling, bloating, cramps)
  • Nausea, diarrhea, constipation, or frequent urination
  • Loss of appetite
  • Feeling of fullness even after a light meal
  • Unexplained weight gain or loss
  • Abnormal bleeding from the vagina
  • Unusual fatigue (tiredness)

Last reviewed on 7/22/09

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