To mark Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month this March, Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP has agreed to become a ‘Target Ovarian Cancer Hero’ and raise awareness of the symptoms. At present, 90% of women with ovarian cancer could survive if it is caught early, but two thirds of women are being diagnosed late. A simple blood test by the GP can diagnose the disease.
The main symptoms are:
- Bloated tummy
- Tummy pain
- Feeling full
- Needing to urinate more often
Speaking of the awareness campaign, Anne-Marie said: “I think for so many of us, we don’t want to burden the NHS and we often put symptoms like this down to minor niggles. Unfortunately, not seeing a GP early about these and other symptoms can mean ovarian cancer is harder to treat. Please book in to see your GP if you have any of these symptoms, a simple blood test is all that is needed for a diagnosis.”
There is a wealth of advice and information on the symptoms of ovarian cancer, as well as support for those who are diagnosed, on the Target Ovarian Cancer website: https://targetovariancancer.org.uk/