Signs and Symptoms

Photo of a middle-aged woman with abdominal pain

The following can be symptoms1 2 3 of ovarian cancer when persistent or recurrent (more than two weeks). These symptoms are not specific to ovarian cancer, often mimic other conditions, and are mostly urogynecologic and gastrointestinal in nature.

  • Abdominal or pelvic pain.
  • Early satiety.
  • Bloating.
  • Changes in urination (increased frequency).


1CDC. Ovarian cancer.

2DeVita VT Jr, Lawrence TS, Rosenberg SA, DePinho RA, and Weinberg RA. Devita, Hellman, and Rosenberg’s Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology (8th ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2008.

3Schottenfeld D, Fraumeni J Jr. Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention (3rd ed.). Eastbourne, UK; WB Saunders Co., 1982.

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Answer: Ovarian cancer.

Page last reviewed: September 14, 2015