Ovarian cancer may cause several signs and symptoms. Women are more likely to have symptoms if the disease has spread beyond the ovaries, but even early-stage ovarian cancer can include:

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
  • Feeling the need to urinate frequently or urgently

These symptoms are also commonly caused by benign (non-cancerous) diseases and by cancers of other organs. When they are caused by ovarian cancer, they tend to be persistent and represent a “change from normal” – for example, they occur more often or are more severe. If symptoms occur more than 12 times in a month, you should consult with your doctor, preferably a gynecologist. 

Other symptoms of ovarian cancer can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Upset Stomach
  • Back pain
  • Pain during sex
  • Constipation
  • Menstrual changes
  • Abdominal swelling with weight loss

Risk Factors

  • Personal or family history of breast, ovarian or colon cancer
  • All women are at risk however, two-thirds of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer are age 55 or older
  • Infertility 
  • Have had no children
  • Are unable to have children
  • Had their first child after the age of 30