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5. Pelvic Discomfort
Pain rarely comes before other symptoms of ovarian cancer, but some women report aching, pressure, and other discomfort in their pelvis along with abdominal swelling and bloating. It’s easy to chalk it up to cramps, gas or indigestion, but when pain around the pelvic region (sometimes stretching to the lower back) is persistent and continues to occur in the same specific area, it’s time for a closer look. A mass on the ovaries could be pressing on the nerves in and around your pelvis without protruding enough to detect in a physical exam; your doctor will likely need to use an ultrasound or a CT scan to look for the source, which may uncover a tumor.