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Ovarian cancer: the killer symptoms to look out for

NHS Solihull 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 Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is asking the people of Solihull 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

 

For more information please visit http://ocam.org.uk/ and http://www.targetovariancancer.org.uk/information-and-support/what-ovarian-cancer/ovarian-cancer-symptoms