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What are the symptoms?

Appendix cancer may not cause symptoms in its early stages. However, some people may experience  symptoms such as:

  • appendicitis (lower right abdominal pain)
  • gradual increase in waist size
  • build-up of fluid in the abdomen
  • bloating
  • changes in bowel habits
  • hernia
  • ovarian mass or lump.

PMP is also difficult to detect, and symptoms may take a while to develop. Symptoms that some people may experience include:

  • abdominal or pelvic pain
  • gradual increase in waist size
  • bloating
  • changes in bowel habits
  • hernia
  • loss of appetite.

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This information is reviewed by

This information was last reviewed February 2021 by the following expert content reviewers: John Henriksen, Consumer; Prof David Morris, Surgical Oncologist, St George Hospital, Sydney, NSW; Caitriona Nienaber, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council WA.