Early-stage ovarian cancer rarely causes symptoms.
Ovarian cancer is one of the most difficult types of cancer to detect, especially in the early stages, and when it is in an advanced stage it can cause some symptoms that are not specific and that can be confused with those of more common benign conditions such as constipation or irritable bowel.
Only about 19% of ovarian cancers are found in the early stages. Generally, symptoms present in advanced stages, when tumor growth puts pressure on the bladder and rectum, and fluid begins to form.
Since the vast majority of symptoms that can be associated with a ovarian cancer they can also be related to other conditions, the persistence of symptoms or when they cannot be solved in a simple way (diet, exercise, laxatives, rest, ...) are key factors that may indicate the existence of more serious problems.
What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer?
Here are some of the signs and symptoms that could be related to ovarian cancer:
- Abdominal distension
- Pelvic or abdominal pain
- Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly.
- Urgent or frequent urination.
- Upset or heartburn.
- Back pain.
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Menstrual changes
- Risk factors in ovarian cancer
- How is ovarian cancer detected?