March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

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Do you know that 90% of women don’t know the four main symptoms of ovarian cancer? Knowing this information could be lifesaving, as an early diagnosis can make all the difference.

What are the main symptoms of ovarian cancer? 

Ovarian cancer has four main symptoms:

  • Persistent stomach pain
  • Persistent bloating
  • Difficulty eating/feeling full more quickly
  • Needing to wee more frequently

These can also be symptoms of other, less serious, conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, ovarian cysts and polycystic ovary syndrome. If you’re experiencing these symptoms it doesn’t necessarily mean you have ovarian cancer. 

Ovarian cancer symptoms might also include:

  • Indigestion 
  • Back pain 
  • Changes in bowel habits (going more often or a lot less)
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Post-menopausal vaginal bleeding
  • Extreme tiredness

What to do if you are experiencing symptoms of ovarian cancer

If your symptoms are:

  • Persistent
  • Severe
  • Frequent
  • Out of the ordinary

Make an appointment to see your GP. Keep a record of the symptoms you are experiencing and have your notes to hand when you speak to your doctor, to help them make a diagnosis. Use ovarian cancer action’s downloadable symptoms diary to help you keep track of your symptoms.