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02nd Feb 2024

Ovarian cancer: The symptoms every woman should be aware of

Kat O'Connor

Ovarian cancer typically affects women over 50 but younger women can get it too.

Ovarian cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in Irish women. It typically affects those aged over 50, but being aware of the symptoms at any age is vital.

It usually affects older women, but it can also affect younger women too so you should contact your doctor if you notice any of the below symptoms.

One of the issues with diagnosing ovarian cancer is the similarity in symptoms of other health issues like IBS.

The HSE has shared the most common symptoms of ovarian cancer, including feeling constantly bloated and needing to pee more than you usually would.

You can view the full list of symptoms to beware of below.

The HSE has stressed that anyone with these symptoms should visit their doctors to rule out ovarian cancer.

Symptoms to beware of

  • feeling constantly bloated
  • a swollen stomach
  • pain in your tummy/pelvic area
  • a loss of appetite or feeling very full when eating
  • needing to pee more urgently and more often

Other symptoms include

  • feeling sick and constant indigestion
  • pain during sexual intercourse
  • being constipated and changes in bowel habits
  • back pain
  • unintentional weight loss
  • feeling constantly lethargic