Ovarian cancer: the killer symptoms to look out for

on .

NHS Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is supporting Ovarian Cancer Awareness month in March to raise awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer.

About 7,300 women are diagnosed each year in the UK with ovarian cancer. When a woman is diagnosed at the earliest stage, her chance of surviving ovarian cancer for five years or more doubles from just 46 per cent to more than 90 per cent, which is why we are asking local patients to look out for the early warning signs.

Early diagnosis is the key to survival rates, as once the cancer has already spread, it makes treatment more difficult. Awareness of the disease is so important, to improve detection, treatment and ultimately survival.

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

  • pelvic or abdominal pain
  • increased abdominal size/persistent bloating
  • difficulty eating/feeling full quickly
  • needing to wee more urgently or more often

Dr Helen Hibbs, local GP and Chair of the CCG said:

“Ovarian cancer can be devastating, which is why getting an early diagnosis is so important as it increases survival rates dramatically. With more awareness of the signs and symptoms we hope that more women will be diagnosed earlier.

“There are diet and lifestyle factors that can affect the risk of developing many types of cancer So having a healthy diet and stopping smoking are always to be recommended.

For more information please visit Target Ovarian Cancer or NHS Choices. If you suspect you have any of these symptoms, we recommend you contact your GP practice.