Persistent abdominal bloating

A bloated abdomen, persistent flatulence can be a symptom of ovarian cancer.

Abdominal bloating is also common before and at the start of menstruation or after meals with large amounts of food.

The path of spread of ovarian cancer is through the peritoneal cavity, the space in the abdomen containing the intestines, stomach and liver.

Fluid can build up inside the abdomen if the cancer spreads to the abdominal mucosa (peritoneum) causing abdominal aneurysms.

Abdominal bloating also occurs when cancer cells block the lymphatic drainage pathway, preventing fluid in the peritoneum from being reabsorbed.

Feeling full even if you eat lightly.

Fluid build-up in the peritoneum that causes bloating can put pressure on the stomach, causing the person to always feel full or after a very light meal.

This can cause feelings of loss of appetite and difficulty eating. These symptoms can be warning signs of ovarian cancer.

Digestive problems

Digestive symptoms can be a sign of ovarian cancer.

British research indicates that growing tumors can put pressure on the intestines, causing changes in bowel habits such as indigestion, constipation and diarrhea.