Cancer - Oncology

Signs and Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

You know your body best. Only you know if you are not feeling your usual self. If you are having a new type of discomfort in your pelvic or abdominal area, and it lasts for two weeks or it gets worse, it is time to see a doctor. We can help.  

The sooner you see a doctor to find out the causes of your symptoms, and you get an accurate diagnosis and you are treated, the more likely your treatment will be effective.

Is it Ovarian Cancer?

Ovarian cancer may cause symptoms that do not seem to have anything to do with your reproductive system. Your pelvic area and abdominal cavity are close together. Some ovarian cancer develops in the lining of your abdominal cavity where your stomach, small intestine, and other important organs are located. It is no wonder that ovarian cancer often feels like a digestive condition. While almost everyone has one of the following symptoms at some time, if these signs last for two weeks or seem to get worse, you should see a doctor. Possible ovarian cancer symptoms include:

  • Back pain 
  • Bloating
  • Changes in bathroom habits, such as having to pass urine very badly or very often, constipation, or diarrhea
  • Feeling full quickly while eating
  • Pelvis or abdominal pain in the area below your stomach and between your hip bones
  • Vaginal bleeding or abnormal discharge from your vagina

Your gynecologist can help you discover if you one or more of these signs and symptoms requires further examination, screening, or tests. If initial exams point to possible ovarian cancer, you will need to see a gynecologic oncologist