When ovarian cancer symptoms are present, they tend to be persistent and worsen with time. Signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer may include:
- Abdominal pressure, fullness, swelling or bloating
- Pelvic or abdominal discomfort or pain
- Vague but persistent indigestion, gas or nausea
- Changes in bowel habits, such as constipation
- Loss of appetite or quickly feeling full
- Increased abdominal girth or clothes fitting tighter around your waist
- A persistent lack of energy
- Lower back pain
- Frequency and/or urgency of urination in the absence of an infection;
- Unexplained weight gain or weight loss
- Ongoing unusual fatigue;
If symptoms persist for more than a few weeks, ask your doctor for a combination pelvic/rectal exam, CA-125 blood test, and transvaginal ultrasound.
A Pap Smear Test WILL NOT detect ovarian cancer.