Ovarian cancer symptoms: 4 things to know

Bloating. A feeling of fullness. Constipation. All of these can be symptoms of ovarian cancer. They can also be the result of a bad meal. So, how do you distinguish between a simple case of indigestion and something more serious? We talked with Pamela Soliman, M.D., associate professor in Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine, to learn more. Here are four things she wants every woman to know about ovarian cancer symptoms. Don’t ignore vague symptoms Symptoms of ovarian cancer can be vague, but that doesn’t mean you should dismiss them. Whether it’s a feeling of being bloated all the time, a constant sense of pressure in your pelvis, or just noticing that clothes feel tighter even though you can’t eat as much, pay attention to how long you experience these symptoms to determine whether they warrant a visit to the doctor. “If something lasts for weeks and won’t go away — even with medication — you need to let your doctor know,” Soliman says. Here are three of the most common ovarian cancer symptoms: Bloating: Take note if it seems constant, doesn’t come and go, and can’t be explained by occasionally eating gas-producing foods. Tumors metabolize some of the nutrients you ingest, so your face may also appear thinner while your abdomen grows larger. Abdominal discomfort: It could feel like acid reflux, a constant pain or a dull ache. This could also feel like pelvic pressure, which causes more-frequent urination. Feeling of fullness: You can’t eat as much anymore, but your clothes still feel tight and you’re gaining weight. You may also be constipated. Pay attention if you’re post-menopausal...