“If you are experiencing one or more of the symptoms of ovarian cancer, don’t let the COVID-19 pandemic put you off contacting your GP”.1

Symptoms

What are the most commonly reported symptoms for ovarian cancer?

In Signs and Symptoms Ovarian Cancer Australia elaborate on:

Signs and Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer
“There is no early detection test for ovarian cancer, so all women need to be aware of the symptoms. The most commonly reported symptoms for ovarian cancer are:

  • Increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal bloating
  • Abdominal or pelvic (lower tummy) pain
  • Feeling full after eating a small amount
  • Needing to urinate often or urgently”.2

Additional Symptoms

What can be additional symptoms of ovarian cancer?

In Signs and Symptoms: Additional Symptoms Ovarian Cancer Australia elaborate on:

  • “Changes in bowel habits
  • Unexplained weight gain or loss
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Lower back pain
  • Indigestion or nausea
  • Bleeding after menopause or in-between periods
  • Pain during sex or bleeding after”.3

Symptom DiaryOvarian Cancer

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Awareness

What can it be important to remember when looking for a pattern with your symptoms?

Ovarian Cancer Australia explain:

“It is important to remember all the symptoms mentioned can be caused by other, less serious medical conditions. However, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, which are persistent and troublesome, you should see your doctor. They will be able to examine you and if necessary, do further tests to find the cause of your problems. If you are not comfortable with your doctor’s diagnosis or you are still concerned about unexplained persistent symptoms, you should seek a second opinion. You know your body better than anyone else, so always listen to what your body is saying and trust your instincts”.4

Health Care Provider

What if I would like help to look for a pattern with my funny tummy symptoms?

If you would like help to look for a pattern with your funny tummy symptoms, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this. Together you can identify any patterns, discuss your options and if required, agree on who may be the most appropriate health care provider to help you.

In I Have Ovarian Cancer Symptoms – What Next? Going To the GP With Symptoms During the COVID-19 Period Ovarian Cancer Action explain:

“If you are experiencing one or more of the symptoms of ovarian cancer, don’t let the COVID-19 pandemic put you off contacting your GP. It’s still important to get them checked out by your doctor. GPs and hospitals are still open for business and have put measures in place to make sure they can see you as quickly and safely as possible. In most instances, you will be assessed on the phone or via video, and offered a follow up appointment if necessary”.5

Who is a GP?

DotS (Depending on the Source) and/or DotC (Depending on the Country) a GP may be a qualified and registered general practitioner, a medical practitioner, a medical doctor or a doctor.

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  1. I Have Ovarian Cancer Symptoms – What Next? Make An Appointment To See Your GP. Ovarian Cancer Action https://ovarian.org.uk/ovarian-cancer/i-have-symptoms-what-next/ Accessed: 10 August 2020
  2. Signs and Symptoms: Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer. Ovarian Cancer Australia https://www.ovariancancer.net.au/page/134/signs-and-symptoms Accessed: 10 August 2020
  3. Signs and Symptoms: Additional Symptoms. Ovarian Cancer Australia https://www.ovariancancer.net.au/page/134/signs-and-symptoms Accessed: 10 August 2020
  4. Signs and Symptoms: Symptom Diary. Ovarian Cancer Australia https://www.ovariancancer.net.au/page/134/signs-and-symptoms Accessed: 10 August 2020
  5. I Have Ovarian Cancer Symptoms – What Next? Make An Appointment To See Your GP. Ovarian Cancer Action https://ovarian.org.uk/ovarian-cancer/i-have-symptoms-what-next/ Accessed: 10 August 2020
Topic Last Updated: 10 August 2020  – Topic Last Reviewed: 10 August 2020
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