Symptoms of ovarian cancer

The symptoms of ovarian cancer can be very vague, particularly when the disease is in its early stages. 

When to see your doctor

You should arrange to see your doctor if you have any of these signs and symptoms:

  • feeling full quickly
  • loss of appetite
  • pain in your tummy (abdomen) or lower part of your abdomen that doesn't go away
  • bloating or an increase in the size of your abdomen
  • needing to wee more often

You may also have these other symptoms:

  • tiredness that is unexplained
  • weight loss that is unexplained
  • changes in your bowel habit or symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, especially if this starts after the age of 50

These are all symptoms of other less serious conditions but if you have them or anything else that is not normal for you get them checked out by your doctor. 

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that if you have the following symptoms 12 or more times a month, your GP should arrange tests - especially if you’re are over 50:

  • swollen tummy (abdomen) or bloating
  • feeling full quickly or loss of appetite
  • pain in your abdomen
  • needing to wee more often or urgently

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