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March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cause of cancer death in women, accounting for more UK deaths than all of the other gynaecological cancers put together.  Every year over 7,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the UK - and every year 4,200 women lose their fight.

Early diagnosis makes a huge difference. The current five-year survival rate for ovarian cancer is 46%. If diagnosed at the earliest stage, up to 90% of women would survive five years or more.


What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer?

Watch out for these ovarian cancer symptoms:

• Persistent stomach pain
• Persistent bloating
• Finding it difficult to eat or feeling full quickly
• Needing to wee more often

If you’re regularly experiencing these symptoms on most days it’s important to talk to your GP as soon as possible. You can use our symptoms diary to note down each time your symptoms occur, when you first noticed them and if they seem to be getting worse.

Other symptoms you may notice include:

• Back pain
• Changes in your bowel habits (diarrhoea or constipation)
• Feeling tired all the time

To learn more about the symptoms of ovarian cancer you can download ovarian cancer symptoms leaflet.


Could it be something else?

Other conditions can produce symptoms similar to ovarian cancer or may cause you to worry that you're at risk of developing ovarian cancer.
These include:
• Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
• Ovarian cysts
• Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
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