23rd Sep, 2019

Women urged to look out for symptoms of ovarian cancer

WOMEN are being urged to watch out for symptoms of ovarian cancer.

The NHS South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is supporting Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month to raise awareness of the symptoms of the disease.

Over 7,000 women are diagnosed each year in the UK with the disease. When diagnosed at the earliest stage a woman’s chance of surviving for five years or more doubles from just 46 per cent to more than 90 per cent.

The CCG is asking residents to look out for the early warning signs include pelvic or abdominal pain, increased abdominal size, persistent bloating, difficulty eating, feeling full quickly and needing to wee more urgently or more often.

Alison Walshe from South Warwickshire CCG said: “Ovarian cancer can be devastating, which is why getting an early diagnosis is 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 lifestyle factors that can affect any cancers, such as diet and smoking, and we would encourage women to eat healthily and give up smoking to reduce their risk factors.”

Visit www.ocam.org.uk for further details.

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