March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. Every year, 295,000 women around the world are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and only half will survive beyond five years.
Ovarian cancer has four main symptoms:
- Persistent stomach pain
- Persistent bloating
- Difficulty eating/feeling full more quickly
- Needing to urinate more frequently
These can also be symptoms of other, less serious, conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, ovarian cysts and polycystic ovary syndrome so if you’re experiencing them it doesn’t necessarily mean you have ovarian cancer.
If your symptoms are:
- Out of the ordinary
You should make an appointment with your GP as soon as possible. Keep a record of what symptoms you are experiencing to have your notes to hand when you speak to your doctor. This will help your GP make a speedier diagnosis.
If you want to help support Ovarian Cancer research, you can get involved in Walk In Her Name and join the Step Challenge and take 295,000 steps across March (one for every woman diagnosed) to fund life-saving research. You can walk, run, dance or even jump your steps and record your progress on your online fundraising page. Get sponsored for your achievements, raise funds for the next generation of ovarian cancer research and save lives.
For more information, visit: https://ovarian.org.uk