Ovarian Cancer Health Center

Early ovarian cancer may not cause obvious symptoms. But, as the cancer grows, symptoms may include:

  • pressure or pain in the abdomen, pelvis, back, or legs
  • a swollen or bloated abdomen
  • nausea, indigestion, gas, constipation, or diarrhea
  • feeling very tired all the time

Less common symptoms include:

  • shortness of breath
  • feeling the need to urinate often
  • unusual vaginal bleeding (heavy periods, or bleeding after menopause)

Most often these symptoms are not due to cancer, but only a doctor can tell for sure. Any woman with these symptoms should tell her doctor.

Review Date: 
March 27, 2012
Last Updated:
July 2, 2013