Prof. Gordon Rustin
Ovarian cancer is often called the silent cancer as patients do not develop symptoms until the cancer has spread. The symptoms are similar to those of irritable bowel syndrome. However a patient who develops new symptoms of bloating, swelling, change in bowel habit or abdominal pains needs investigating.
Dr Anji Anand
Symptoms of ovarian cancer are non- specific and often occur when disease is at an advanced stage. Common symptoms are fullness and bloating (often mistaken for irritable bowel syndrome), abdominal discomfort, back pain, changes in bowel habits, indigestion or heart burn, unexplained weight loss and fatigue. If any of these symptoms are persistent over a few weeks then you must see your GP for a check-up without delay.
Mr Jafaru Abu
It is wrong to say that ovarian cancer is a "silent killer". It isn't. About 95% of women with ovarian cancer do report symptoms. The only problem is that most of the symptoms are vague and could be non-gynaecological. The common symptoms are: abdominal bloating (increased girth), feeling full quickly after small meals and difficulties eating, fatigue, bowel related symptoms or change in bowel habit such as constipation and diarrhoea, urinary symptoms, abdominal/pelvic pain, and menstrual irregularities, loss of appetite and loss of weight.