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Scunthorpe woman with terminal cancer urges people to check for symptoms

A woman from Scunthorpe who has incurable Ovarian Cancer is urging women to familiarise themselves with the symptoms of the disease.

More than 7,000 women die from ovarian cancer each year - with 12 in North Lincolnshire alone.

Laura Parson's had to inform her parents that she had ovarian cancer at the age of 26

Now Laura Parsons, who was diagnosed when she was struggling to start a family, says women need to recognise the early signs as in most cases the disease is preventable.

You need to know your own body. You need to know what's right for you and what's not right. Definately speak to your GP and find out if they can see what's going on because you know how your own body runs and if it's not running right I think you know

– Laura Parsons

Laura has also received support from local charity, Team Verrico.

The three main symptoms in women diagnosed with ovarian cancer are:

  • Increased abdominal size and persistent bloating (not bloating that comes and goes)
  • Persistent pelvic and abdominal pain
  • Difficulty eating and feeling full quickly, or feeling nauseous
  • Needing to wee more urgently or more often
Have you checked yourself out for the symptoms? Credit: Target Ovarian Cancer

Duncan Wood spoke to Kath Pinder from the charity Target Ovarian Cancer and began by asking how common it is for women to be diagnosed at a young age like Laura: