A sign is something that can be observed and recognized by a doctor or healthcare professional (for example, a rash). A symptom is something that only the person experiencing it can feel and know (for example, pain or tiredness). Ovarian cancer may not cause any signs or symptoms in its early stages. Symptoms appear once the tumour grows into surrounding tissues and organs.
The signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer can also be caused by other health conditions. It is important to have any unusual symptoms checked by a doctor.
Signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer include:
Other signs and symptoms may also occur with some types of ovarian cancer. Symptoms of stromal tumours include:
Symptoms of germ cell tumours include:
Late signs and symptoms occur as the cancer grows larger or spreads to other parts of the body, including other organs.
The Canadian Cancer Society’s peer support program is a telephone support service that matches cancer patients and their caregivers with specially trained volunteers.