March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and it is vital to raise awareness by ensuring women know the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer and how they can get help
What is Ovarian cancer?
Ovarian cancer is a type of cancer that affects the ovaries, which are part of the female reproductive system.
It can develop when abnormal cells grow in and around the ovaries and fallopian tubes.
What are the symptoms?
Ovarian cancer has 4 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.
What treatment is available?
Treatment will depend on the type of cancer you have, its stage and grade, and your general health.
Chemotherapy and surgery are the two most common types of treatment. Others can include radiotherapy and targeted therapies (such as PARP Inhibitors).
How can I help?
Women don’t just deserve better, they deserve the best.
You can fundraise, volunteer, or donate, join us to take action and move towards a world where no woman dies of ovarian cancer.
To find out more about Ovarian cancer or to get involved in fundraising, please visit: https://ovarian.org.uk/