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Ovarian cancer may cause one or more of these signs and symptoms—

  • Vaginal bleeding or discharge from your vagina that is not normal for you.
  • Pain in the pelvic or abdominal area (the area below your stomach and between your hip bones).
  • Back pain.
  • Bloating, which is when the area below your stomach swells or feels full.
  • Feeling full quickly while eating.
  • A change in your bathroom habits, such as having to pass urine very badly or very often, constipation, or diarrhea.

Pay attention to your body, and know what is normal for you. If you have vaginal bleeding that is not normal for you, see a doctor right away. Also see a doctor if you have any of the other signs for two weeks or longer and they are not normal for you. These symptoms may be caused by something other than cancer, but the only way to know is to see a doctor. The earlier ovarian cancer is found and treated, the more likely treatment will be effective.

Table showing the symptoms of cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar cancers.  Abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge is common on all gynecological cancers except vulvar cancer.  Pelvic pain or pressure is common on ovarian, uterine, and vulvar cancers.  Abdominal or back pain and bloating are only common in ovarian cancer.  Changes in bathroom habits is common in ovarian and uterine cancers.  Itching or burning of the vulva and changes in vulva color or skin, such as a rash, sores, or warts, are only found in vulvar cancer.

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