Ovarian Cancer

01 March 2018

Ovarian cancer, or cancer of the ovaries, is one of the most common types of cancer in women. The ovaries are a pair of small organs located low in the tummy that are connected to the womb and store a woman's supply of eggs. Ovarian cancer mainly affects women who have been through the menopause (usually over the age of 50), but it can sometimes affect younger women.

Common symptoms of ovarian cancer include:

  • feeling constantly bloated
  • a swollen tummy
  • discomfort in your tummy or pelvic area
  • feeling full quickly when eating or needing to pee more often than normal

The symptoms aren't always easy to recognise because so many other body parts are near the ovaries and they are similar to those of some more common conditions.

It is recommended you see your GP if you've been feeling bloated most days for the last three weeks, you have other symptoms of ovarian cancer that won't go away or you have a family history of ovarian cancer and are worried you may be at a higher risk of getting it. One of the things understood about ovarian cancer is the earlier it is diagnosed and treated, the better the chance of a cure. 

At Spire Gatwick Park Hospital we can offer a private GP consultation to ask about your symptoms and general health. At the same time, we can carry out an examination in a sensitive and caring manner by a skilled GP. If further tests are required; we can arrange blood tests or ultrasound scan at a time convenient for you. The results are promptly available for discussion and this offers you an opportunity to feel reassured that your health is in great hands. If you would like to book an appointment with our private GPs please contact us on 01293 839 106 or go to our online portal.

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