The symptoms of ovarian cancer can be difficult to recognise, particularly early on.
The most common symptoms of ovarian cancer are:
- feeling constantly bloated
- a swollen tummy
- discomfort in your tummy or pelvic area
- feeling full quickly when eating, or loss of appetite
- needing to pee more often or more urgently than usual
Other symptoms of ovarian cancer can include:
- persistent indigestion or feeling sick
- pain during sex
- a change in your bowel habits
- back pain
- feeling tired all the time
- unintentional weight loss
See a GP if:
- you have been feeling bloated, particularly more than 12 times a month
- you have other symptoms of ovarian cancer that will not go away – especially if you're over 50 or have a family history of ovarian or breast cancer, as you may be at a higher risk
It's unlikely you have cancer, but it's best to check. A GP can do some simple tests for ovarian cancer to see if you have it.
If you have already seen a GP and your symptoms continue or get worse, go back to them and explain this.