One of the symptoms of ovarian cancer is pressure or pain in the abdomen or pelvic areas, states the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Other symptoms include difficultly eating, abdominal swelling, unexplained vaginal bleeding and a change in bowel or urination habits.
If these symptoms persist for more than two weeks, a woman should seek medical attention immediately, recommends the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. A family history of either ovarian cancer or breast cancer is a significant risk factor for women developing ovarian cancer. Additional risk factors include being 55 or older, a personal history of cancer or endometriosis, having had no lifetime pregnancies, and menopausal hormone therapy.