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Symptoms leaflet
Our guide to ovarian cancer symptoms

Just one in five women in the UK are able to name bloating as a symptom of ovarian cancer. We want to change this.



What are the symptoms?

  • Persistent bloating – not bloating that comes and goes
  • Feeling full quickly and/or loss of appetite
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain (that’s your tummy and below)
  • Urinary symptoms (needing to wee more urgently or often than usual)

Occasionally there can be other symptoms:

  • Changes in bowel habit (eg diarrhoea or constipation)
  • Extreme fatigue (feeling very tired)
  • Unexplained weight loss

Any bleeding after the menopause should always be investigated by a GP. 

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Last reviewed: July 2017
Next review: June 2020