A report out today will reveal that a worrying 67 per cent of women don't know the symptoms of ovarian cancer.
Over the next two days we'll be highlighting what they are and today we meet one survivor Adele Edwards, who knows first hand how crucial it is to know the symptoms.
Ovarian cancer facts
- Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cancer in women in the UK
- It usually affects women who have reached their menopause – about 85 per cent of women diagnosed are over the age of 50, though it can occur in younger women
- Most women with ovarian cancer are treated with a combination of surgery and chemotherapy
- Over 6,500 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year in the UK and 4,400 will die
The good news is that if diagnosed at an early stage, the outcome is not so bleak. However, because some of the symptoms are similar to those seen in more common conditions, it can be difficult to diagnose. Most women are not diagnosed until the disease has spread, which is why it is important that we know about the symptoms, to seek help as soon as possible if needed.
The key early signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer are:
- Persistent pelvic and abdominal pain
- Increased abdominal size/persistent bloating - not bloating that comes and goes
- Difficulty eating and feeling full quickly
- Urinary symptoms - needing to pass water more often than usual
If you have any of these symptoms, please contact your doctor. It is most likely that these symptoms are not ovarian cancer but may be present in some women with the disease.
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Early diagnosis can save lives
To receive two informational text message about ovarian cancer, text LORRAINE to 88330. Your text will cost 1 standard rate message but it is free to receive the two awareness messages.
You must be 18 or over and texts must be sent by midday Friday 8th March. Texts sent after this time will not receive the awareness messages, but may still be charged.
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