Learn about Ovarian Cancer during awareness month
Residents have been urged to learn more about Ovarian Cancer during an awareness campaign which has launched this month.
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month aims to educate people about the symptoms, treatment and dangers of ovarian cancer. It is one of the most common types of cancer in women.
In the UK, 11 women die every day from Ovarian Cancer. Health bosses have urged patients to use the opportunity to learn more about it so they know what symptoms to look out for.
Louise Jeanes, Cancer Programme Manager at NHS Lincolnshire West CCG, said that although Ovarian Cancer mainly affects women over the age of 50 who have been through the menopause, it can sometimes affect younger women.
She said: “The ovaries are a pair of small organs located low in the tummy. They’re connected to the womb and store a woman’s supply of eggs.
“Common symptoms of Ovarian Cancer include feeling constantly bloated and a swollen tummy. Discomfort in your tummy or pelvic area, feeling full quickly when eating and needing to pee more often than normal are also symptoms.
“They’re not always easy to recognise because they’re similar to those of more common conditions. However it is important to be aware of them.
“I would urge people, especially women over the age of 50, to watch out for the symptoms and to see their GP if they are concerned.”
See your GP
Experts suggest you should see your GP if you have been feeling bloated most days for the last three weeks.
You should also see the doctor if you have other symptoms of Ovarian Cancer that won’t go away. Also, if you have a family history of Ovarian Cancer and are worried you may be at a higher risk of getting it you should make an appointment with your GP.
Louise said people who think they have the symptoms are unlikely to have cancer, but it is always best to check as the GP can do some simple tests to rule it out.
“The exact cause of Ovarian Cancer is unknown, but some people are more at risk than others,” Louise said.
“Those women over 50 and who have a family history of ovarian or breast cancer could mean they have inherited genes that increase their cancer risk.
“Being overweight can also increase your risk of getting Ovarian Cancer.
“The earlier Ovarian Cancer is diagnosed and treated, the better the chance of a cure.”
Overall, around half of women with Ovarian Cancer will live for at least five years after diagnosis and about one in three will live at least 10 years.
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month runs throughout March. For more information, visit https://www.targetovariancancer.org.uk/fundraising/march-ovarian-cancer-awareness-month