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    What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer?

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    It can be difficult to diagnose ovarian cancer because the symptoms are ones that many women will have from time to time, and they are often symptoms of less serious and more common health problems.

    But we do know that ovarian cancer is NOT a silent disease. Women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer report four types of symptoms most frequently:

    • Abdominal or pelvic pain.
    • Increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal bloating.
    • Needing to urinate often or urgently.
    • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly.
    If you have any of these symptoms, they are new for you and you have experienced them multiple times during a 4-week period, download our Symptom diary now. Ovarian Cancer Australia's Symptom Diary helps you to monitor your symptoms. You can then take the completed diary to your doctor to assist with diagnosis.

    Other symptoms to be aware of
    • Changes in your bowel habits.
    • Unexplained weight gain or weight loss.
    • Bleeding in-between periods or after menopause.
    • Back pain.
    • Indigestion or nausea.
    • Excessive fatigue.

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