A new study has revealed widespread ignorance on the symptoms of ovarian cancer, and experts now fear that women across the UK could be living with undiagnosed ovarian cancer.
Women across the UK are being urged to check their family medical history, in light of a new study by Ovarian Cancer Action which shows widespread ignorance on the symptoms of ovarian cancer, one of the most deadly forms of cancer in women.
The study found that:
- Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cancer in women, but less than a third of women would be able to identify any of the symptoms
- The study revealed that a large proportion of women suffering from one of the four main symptoms of the cancer would not go to the doctor to check their symptoms
- Almost two thirds of women with familial history of ovarian and/or breast cancer did not consult a GP after hearing the news.
- Three quarters of women who said they'd been tested for Ovarian cancer said this was via a smear test - but smear tests don't cover for ovarian cancer.