This March, ovarian cancer is being put in the spotlight.

Two thirds of those with ovarian cancer are diagnosed too late when the cancer has already spread.

Know the symptoms

Diagnosed early, ovarian cancer is easier to treat, yet many of us don’t know the symptoms.

Symptoms of ovarian cancer include frequently (roughly 12 or more times a month) having:

  • A swollen tummy or feeling bloated
  • Pain or tenderness in your tummy or the area between the hips (pelvis)
  • No appetite or feeling full quickly after eating
  • An urgent need to pee or needing to pee more often.

Other symptoms can include:

  • Indigestion
  • Constipation or diarrhoea
  • Back pain
  • Feeling tired all the time
  • Losing weight without trying
  • Bleeding from the vagina after the menopause

These symptoms are very common and can be caused by many different conditions. But it’s still important to get them checked by a GP. This is because if they’re caused by cancer, finding it early can mean it’s more treatable.

How can I lower my risk of getting ovarian cancer?

You cannot always prevent ovarian cancer, but there are things you can do to lower your chances of getting it:

  • Quit smoking
  • Stay a healthy weight or lose weight if you’re overweight
  • Talk with a GP about possible tests or treatment

I’ve been told I have ovarian cancer, where can I get support?

Macmillan Cancer Support has a free helpline that’s open everyday from 8 am to 8 pm. They’re there to listen if you have anything you want to talk about.

Telephone number: 0808 808 00 00

We can also help you to find appropriate support by visiting our website:

March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month:

If you would like more information about ovarian cancer, or would like support with how to raise awareness, you can visit the following website:


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