Approximately 1,500 Australian women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, the majority of whom have an advanced stage of the disease. It can be a difficult disease to diagnose as the symptoms are often dismissed or attributed to other health issues.
However, women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer often report the following signs:
- Abdominal or pelvic pain
- Needing to urinate often or urgently
- Increased abdominal size or persistent bloating
- Feeling full after eating a small amount
Other symptoms also include:
- Changes to your bowel habits
- Unexplained weight gain or weight loss
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
- Back pain or cramps
- Indigestion or nausea
- Excessive fatigue
- Pain during sex
Speak to a doctor if you've noticed unusual or persistent symptoms like theses. Ovarian cancer is usually diagnosed through a combination of tests and examinations.