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What are the symptoms of early stage ovarian cancer?

The symptoms of ovarian cancer (particularly in its early stage) are often not obvious or intense. They include:
  • pelvic or abdominal pain, pressure or discomfort
  • vague but persistent gastrointestinal upsets such as gas, nausea and indigestion
  • frequency and/or urgency of urination in absence of an infection
  • changes in bowel habits
  • weight gain or loss, particularly weight gain in the abdominal area
  • pelvic or abdominal swelling, bloating or a feeling of fullness
  • back or leg pain
  • pain during intercourse
  • ongoing fatigue
A study found that 94% of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer had symptoms in the year prior to their diagnosis.

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