Sunday, March 5, 2017
March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Early diagnosis is crucial for ovarian cancer, so we have taken a look at the symptoms you need to look out for and be aware of.
Ovarian cancer is the cause of 4,100 deaths in the UK each year, with 140 women being diagnosed each week. It is one of the most common forms of fatal cancer in women, which is why it so important to be able to recognise the signs and symptoms associated with the condition early.
There are certain key symptoms to look out for, and these symptoms frequently occur (i.e they don't just happen as a one-off). These symptoms include:
- Increased abdominal size
- Persistent bloating
- Feeling full
- Pelvic pain
- Abdominal pain
- The urge to urinate more often
Other symptoms might include a person feeling extremely tired, or experiencing unexplained weight loss, as well as a change in bowel habits. If you think that you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed persistently you should visit your GP.
Age is certainly a risk factor for ovarian cancer. The risk increases with age, specifically after women experience the menopause. Another risk factor might be family history, so if you have any history of ovarian cancer, on either your mother or your father's side, you should discuss any concerns with your GP.