Survivors describe ovarian cancer as the cancer that whispers. Looking back, they realize they were sick for 2 years or more before they were diagnosed – and the symptoms were there all along.
Here are four common symptoms of ovarian cancer, based on the experience of survivors:
- bloating (lie on back and press to see whether you can feel any lumps or mass)
- urinary changes (example: needing to pee more often or during the night)
- difficulty eating or feeling full quickly; sometimes losing weight quickly
- pelvic or abdominal pain; sometimes indigestion, stomachaches
- other: tiredness that doesn’t go away; back pain; constipation
- a clue: Listen to your gut – respond to any exceptional dips or peaks in what’s normal for your body when they happen over a 1- or 2-month period – “a shift that lasts over time” is how one doctor puts it