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:
- 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: https://www.healthwatchmedway.com/find-services
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: https://targetovariancancer.org.uk/get-involved/ovarian-cancer-awareness-month