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Signs and symptoms

Learn the common signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer.

There is no early detection test for ovarian cancer, so all women need to be aware of the symptoms. The most commonly reported symptoms for ovarian cancer are:

  • Increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal bloating
  • Abdominal or pelvic (lower tummy) pain
  • Feeling full after eating a small amount
  • Needing to urinate often or urgently
Additional Symptoms
  • Changes in bowel habits
  • Unexplained weight gain or loss
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Lower back pain
  • Indigestion or nausea
  • Bleeding after menopause or in-between periods
  • Pain during sex or bleeding after

It is important to remember all the symptoms mentioned can be caused by other, less serious medical conditions. However, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, which are persistent and troublesome, you should see your doctor. They will be able to examine you and if necessary, do further tests to find the cause of your problems.

If you are not comfortable with your doctor’s diagnosis or you are still concerned about unexplained persistent symptoms, you should seek a second opinion.

You know your body better than anyone else, so always listen to what your body is saying and trust your instincts.

Track your symptoms in our symptom diary and take this record with you to your doctor. You can also download our signs and symptoms infographic.

Ovarian cancer brochure

What everyone needs to know about ovarian cancer 

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Signs and Symptoms infographic

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Symptom Diary

Download the symptom diary to keep track of your symptoms and present the record to your doctor.

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Our Helpline is open 9am - 5pm AEST

The Ovarian Cancer Australia Helpline is available Monday to Friday. 

To speak with an ovarian cancer nurse please call 1300 660 334, or email support@ovariancancer.net.au

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