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Are you aware of the symptoms of ovarian cancer?

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Are you aware of the symptoms of ovarian cancer?

Around 20 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every day. It is the sixth most common cancer in women, occurring when a tumour develops from abnormal cells in the ovary. Sadly, it is a disease that is often diagnosed in the late stages.

The charity, Target Ovarian Cancer, have recently carried out a poll of 1000 women and the majority failed to recognise the symptoms. Would you know what to look for?

Signs of ovarian cancer can include:

  • Feeling bloated or having a swollen tummy
  • A pain or tenderness in your tummy or in the pelvis
  • Feeling full quickly after eating or having no appetite
  • Needing to wee more often or having an urgent need to wee
  • Constipation or diarrhoea
  • Back pain
  • Indigestion
  • Feeling tired all the time
  • Losing weight without trying

Early detection is key. It is crucial that women see their GP if they have any concerns. GPs have certain guidelines to follow to help them ascertain whether you need any tests, such as blood tests, an ultrasound scan, or a referral to see a specialist.

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