Ovarian cancer is a killer disease that has caused the death of many women across the world. These are certain symptoms of the disease you can’t afford to joke with.
Cancer is a fickle beast.
Over 7,300 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the UK every year and over 4,100 lose their lives to the disease – that’s 11 women per day.
Currently 46% of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer will survive for more than five years but when a woman is diagnosed at the earliest stage this rate doubles to 90%.
Ovarian cancer in particular is tricky to diagnose as 44% of British GPs believe symptoms only present themselves in the later stages of ovarian cancer – but this is not the case.
On top of that, 45% of women must wait three months or more from their first visit to the GP to getting a correct diagnosis.
This is why it is so important to know the common symptoms of ovarian cancer, so you can catch it early on.
Kath Pinter, Head of Support Services for Target Ovarian Cancer said common symptoms include:
1. – Persistent pelvic or abdominal pain.
2. – Increased abdominal size and persistent bloating – not bloating that comes and goes.
3. – Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly.
4. – Needing to wee more urgently and more often than usual.
“Occasionally there can be other symptoms such as changes in bowel habits, extreme fatigue (feeling very tired), unexplained weight loss or loss of appetite,” Kath explained.
“Any post-menopausal bleeding should always be investigated by a GP.”
Kath added that if you are experiencing any of these symptoms more than 12 times a month, you should see your GP.