Ovarian cancer symptoms vary depending on the age of the affected woman and the tumor subtype. Studies show that the symptoms are more aggressive in older women than in adolescents or children. On the side of the tumor subtype, low malignant potential tumors cause less symptoms compared to sex cord-stromal tumors. Like in other cancers, the symptoms are usually absent in early stages.
Read on to learn about all signs and symptoms of cancer of ovary.
Early Signs & Symptoms.
When the tumor grows larger, it presses on the neighboring tissue and organs causing discomfort and pain. The growing mass also causes ovarian torsion. So the early symptoms could be things like pain in the affected side of the body, abdominopelvic pain and bloating.
Ovarian Cancer Symptom: Leg Pain.
Recently, ovarian cancer symptoms leg pain was confirmed as one of the major symptoms of the disease. The pain originates from the build-up of fluids produced by the tumor. It is first felt in the abdomen and later in the legs where it intensifies and becomes an every-day problem. Leg pain can be caused by other health conditions, so its occurrence doesn’t necessarily translates to having cancer of ovary.
Typical & Common Symptoms.
In most cases, these symptoms can exist for several months before the disease is diagnosed. Some are misdiagnosed as less serious conditions such as pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) or irritable bowel syndrome. The main symptoms include: increased abdominal size & persistent bloating, persistent pelvic & abdominal pain, feeling full quickly and also ovarian cancer symptoms leg pain which is described above.
Other common symptoms include: back pain, vaginal bleeding, irregular menstruation, difficulty eating, fatigue, heartburn, indigestion, pain or bleeding after/during sexual intercourse, diarrhea, frequent urination & urgent urination, nausea, constipation and early satiety. These symptoms are common with other health conditions, so they should not be confused with ovarian cancer. If they become more severe or occur more often, then this type of cancer should be considered.
The advanced ovarian cancer symptoms occur after the disease has moved to other organs in the body. Most of the symptoms mentioned above are usually present in the late stage of the disease. But there is one condition called Sister Mary Joseph nodule which is common in the advanced stage. In adolescents and children, the advanced symptoms include: severe abdominal pain, hemorrhage and peritoneum irritation. Other advanced symptoms present in both adult and young victims include: accumulation of fluids in the abdomen, lymph node masses, abdominal masses and pleural effusion.