Speed of diagnosis is the single biggest factor in securing a positive outcome to an ovarian cancer diagnosis. Symptoms are often dismissed both by the sufferer and their GP which means all too often the diagnosis comes late. Sometimes too late.
If you feel persistently bloated and the feeling doesn’t go away.
If you start experiencing pain in your pelvis or your tummy.
If you feel full more quickly than usual or lose your appetite.
If you start needing to wee more often or more urgently than usual.
Feeling really tired?
Bleeding after menopause?
Many of the early symptoms of ovarian cancer are easy to ignore, because they can be quite mild. This is the danger with this disease. It starts quietly and very often women are unaware that there is a problem until it is too late. The key is to recognise the warning signs and to take action quickly.
Make an appointment to see your GP if you notice any of the following symptoms 12 times or more in a month. Or put another way, 2 or 3 times a week or once every couple of days.
There are also some other symptoms which may be experienced by some women, such as pain during sex, weight gain or weight loss or extreme and unexplained tiredness.
For more information please check out The Every Woman Study by The World Ovarian Cancer Coalition where they have been addressing the evidence gap relating to the experiences of woman with ovarian cancer around the world.