What are the symptoms?
- Persistent pelvic or abdominal pain (that’s your tummy and below)
- Increased abdominal size/persistent bloating – not bloating that comes and goes
- Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
- Needing to wee more urgently or more often than usual
Occasionally there can be other symptoms such as changes in bowel habits, extreme fatigue (feeling very tired), unexplained weight loss or loss of appetite. Any post-menopausal bleeding should always be investigated by a GP.
Symptoms will be:
- Frequent – they usually happen more than 12 times a month
- Persistent – they don’t go away
- New – they are not normal for you and may have started in the last year
If you regularly experience any of these symptoms – and they are not normal for you – visit your GP. It is unlikely that your symptoms are caused by a serious problem, but it is important to get checked out.
“I took this thought home with me. Please listen to what your body is trying to tell you. Never ever be afraid to start the ball rolling by going to your GP. It could be too late to conquer it. Don’t wait. Too many loved ones too many friends need you. You are special.” Moira, Warrington
Ovarian cancer can show similar symptoms as other conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). However, you need to check the cause of them, so if the symptoms do not stop, seek a second opinion, even if you have had tests.
Watch our symptoms video
We asked women with ovarian cancer to talk to us about their experience of ovarian cancer symptoms. Find out what they said in this video.
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