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What Are the Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer?

Ovarian cancer often causes vague symptoms. When a doctor diagnoses ovarian cancer, the cancer may have already spread outside the ovaries,�at which point it is difficult to cure. These are the symptoms that are often associated with ovarian cancer:

  • Indigestion, heartburn, nausea, or gas

  • Abdominal (belly)�swelling or discomfort

  • Pelvic pain or cramping

  • Bloating or a sense of fullness, even after eating small meals

  • Backache

  • Painful, frequent, or burning urination with no infection

  • Diarrhea or constipation

  • Fatigue (extreme tiredness)

  • Loss of appetite or unintentional weight loss or gain

  • Shortness of breath

  • Vaginal bleeding (rare) or irregular periods

  • Pain during intercourse

These symptoms may be caused by ovarian cancer or by other less serious conditions.�If the symptoms persist, it's�important to check with a doctor.