Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Ovarian Cancer is a disease which 125 women in the UK are diagnosed with each week.

According to Target Ovarian Cancer, twice as many women survive ovarian cancer compared to 30 years ago; however the UK’s survival rates are amongst the lowest in Europe mainly due to the length of time it takes women to see their GP after experiencing symptoms, delaying diagnosis and treatment.

If cancer is found at a less advanced stage, before it spreads, it is easier to treat; this is why early diagnosis is key.

Ovarian cancer symptoms can often be mistaken for other problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, ovarian cysts and urinary infections. However if symptoms are often and persistent then it is worth seeing the GP. Symptoms to look out for include:

  • Any bleeding after menopause
  • Persistant bloating
  • Persistent swelling, pressure or pain in the abdomen
  • Constipation or urinary problems
  • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
  • Extreme fatigue

As these symptoms are associated with other conditions, aside from ovarian cancer, the GP is best suited to determine the cause of any problems and the best course of action.

Gynaecological oncologist Mr Dirk Brinkmann says “Survival rates continue to improve as women become more aware of signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer.”  Cancer Research UK says that significant improvements are coming from earlier diagnoses and better treatments leading to cancer patients living longer and living well.

To find out more about how to see a Gynaecologist please contact us on 02392 456172 or email info@spireportsmouth.com

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Target Ovarian Cancer

Target Ovarian Cancer is a charity providing information and support to women with ovarian cancer. To find out more please click here.

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