Common Signs and Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer Women Often Ignore

Women's bodies are always changing. Sometimes changes that seem normal can be signs of cancer, though.

The key is to pay attention to your body so you can notice when something's different. New symptoms indicate something has changed in your body, and you want to know what that means.

According to 1 million Health Councils, ovarian cancer doesn’t have to be a “silent murderer”. There are a number of symptoms of which all women should be aware of. Continue reading to learn these signs of utmost importance.


Swelling occasionally or during your menstrual cycle is perfectly normal. But swelling often for no apparent reason and with no relief can be a sign of ovarian cancer. It is crucial to talk to your doctor if you have been swollen for 2 weeks or more.

Feeling full quickly

Be careful if you feel full after eating a smaller than the average size of the food you normally eat. It is important to note that the feeling of satiety is not the same as loss of appetite.

Pelvic or abdominal pain

This is a typical symptom of both PMS and ovulation. However, chronic pelvic pain or pain resembling menstrual cramps when not menstruating is anything but normal.

The need to urinate frequently

Consult your doctor for a urinalysis, if you have frequent or urgent need to urinate. This basic test can help diagnose ovarian cancer or other abnormality.

Pain during intercourse, stomach pain, back pain, constipation, fatigue, menstrual changes, bloating and weight loss are other symptoms of ovarian cancer.

Caucasian women older than 63 are at the greatest risk of ovarian cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. If you fit this description, pay special attention to the signs and symptoms above. And remember, if you notice anything unusual, talk to your doctor immediately.

Early-stage ovarian cancer rarely causes any symptoms. Advanced-stage ovarian cancer may cause few and nonspecific symptoms that are often mistaken for more common benign conditions, such as constipation or irritable bowel.

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