Ovarian cancer symptoms
Women across NSW are encouraged to be aware of the early signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer.
Ovarian cancer ranks seventh in cancer deaths among women, but there is no screening test for early detection.
Risk increases with age, with most cases diagnosed in women aged 50 years and over. Cases in younger women (25 to 49), however, are not uncommon.
What are the four most common types of symptoms?
There are four types of symptoms most commonly reported by women with ovarian cancer:
- abdominal or pelvic pain
- increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal bloating
- needing to urinate often or urgently
- feeling full after eating a small amount.
Know the signs
Other common symptoms of ovarian cancer can include:
- changes in your bowel habits
- unexplained weight gain or weight loss
- bleeding in-between periods or after menopause
- back pain
- indigestion or nausea
- excessive fatigue
- pain during intercourse.
It is recommended women visit their GP if they experience any of these symptoms multiple times over a four-week period.
These symptoms, however, can be unrelated to ovarian cancer. Ovarian Cancer Australia recommends being aware and listening to your body – but don't make yourself sick with worry.
For more information, visit Ovarian Cancer Australia.