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'Silent killer': Ovarian cancer is a nightmare to diagnose

Sue Davidson saw four different doctors before being correctly diagnosed. Photo: PA

Ovarian cancer is know as a silent killer.

Its symptoms are particularly hard to detect, for Sue Davidson from Morecambe it took four different doctors to diagnose a condition that had already tragically killed her mother.

More than 90 per cent of women diagnosed with the earliest stage of ovarian cancer survive for at least five years.

and yet here in the north west only 14 per cent of women would go to their doctor if they felt bloated for more than 3 weeks.

And with an average of 460 women dying of ovarian cancer in the North West each year, spotting the symtoms early is crucial

Symptoms of ovarian cancer are frequent,they usually happen more than 12 times a month, and they are persistent. They include:

  • Increased abdominal size/persistent bloating
  • Difficulty eating/feeling full
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Needing to wee more urgently or more often
  • Other symptoms can include unexpected weight loss, change in bowel habits, and extreme fatigue.

If you regularly experience any of these symptoms, which are not normal for you, it is important that you see your GP. It is unlikely that your symptoms are caused by a serious problem, but it is important to be checked out.