“Download the symptom diary to keep track of your symptoms and present the record to your doctor”.1

Symptoms

What are the most commonly reported symptoms for ovarian cancer?

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

Ovarian Cancer Symptoms Pattern

“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 may 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 after”.3

Symptom Diary

Is there an ovarian cancer symptom diary?Ovarian Cancer

Yes. In Signs and Symptoms: Symptoms Diary Ovarian Cancer Australia explain and provide a Symptom Diary:

“Download the symptom diary to keep track of your symptoms and present the record to your doctor”.4

In I Have Symptoms – What Next? the (British) Ovarian Cancer Action include a paper symptoms diary and information about their free smartphone app.

In Gynecologic Cancers: What Are the Symptoms? the (United States) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention include a Link to their Gynecologic Cancer Symptoms: Gynecologic Cancer Symptoms Diary.

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”.5

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 Symptoms – What Next? Make An Appointment To See Your GP Ovarian Cancer Action explain:

“If you are experiencing symptoms that could point to ovarian cancer, you should make an appointment to see your GP.  Track your symptoms so your GP can see how persistent and severe they are. We’ve produced a symptoms diary to make this easier. Download a paper copy here, or download our free smartphone app by searching ‘Ovarian Cancer Action’ in your phone’s app store or…”.6

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. Signs and Symptoms: Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer. This Page Was Last Updated In January 2019. Ovarian Cancer Australia https://ovariancancer.net.au/signs-and-symptoms/ Accessed: 26 June 2019
  2. Signs and Symptoms: Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer. This Page Was Last Updated In January 2019. Ovarian Cancer Australia https://ovariancancer.net.au/signs-and-symptoms/ Accessed: 26 June 2019
  3. Signs and Symptoms: Additional Symptoms. This Page Was Last Updated In January 2019. Ovarian Cancer Australia https://ovariancancer.net.au/signs-and-symptoms/ Accessed: 26 June 2019
  4. Signs and Symptoms: Additional Symptoms. This Page Was Last Updated In January 2019. Ovarian Cancer Australia https://ovariancancer.net.au/signs-and-symptoms/ Accessed: 26 June 2019
  5. Signs and Symptoms: Symptom Diary. This Page Was Last Updated In January 2019. Ovarian Cancer Australia https://ovariancancer.net.au/signs-and-symptoms/ Accessed: 26 June 2019
  6. I Have 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: 26 June 2019
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