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Ovarian cancer

Find out about the main symptoms of ovarian cancer and when to get medical advice.

The symptoms of ovarian cancer can be difficult to recognise, particularly early on.

They're often the same as symptoms of less serious conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS).

Main symptoms

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 normal

Other symptoms

Other symptoms of ovarian cancer can include:

When to see your GP

See your GP if:

  • you've been feeling bloated most days for the last three weeks
  • you have other symptoms of ovarian cancer¬†that won't go away ‚Äď 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. Your GP can do some simple tests for ovarian cancer to see if you might have it.

If you've already seen your GP and your symptoms continue or get worse, go back to them and explain this.

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