Thousands of women are at risk from Ovarian cancer, our fifth most common female cancer in the UK, and because it is usually diagnosed at late stages it is notoriously difficult to treat. The UK has one of the world’s lowest survival rates, so an awareness campaign is badly needed. We are also much more reluctant to see a doctor about gynaecological problems, whereas for example, your average French woman regards an annual check up with her gynaecologist like we regard going to the dentist. An article in The Times recently said that about one third of cases are diagnosed in A&E.
Bloating, abdominal cramps, feeling full after eating only a little and frequent urination are all signs. Initial diagnosis is by blood test and ultrasound. As one of the less common but nevertheless deadly silent cancers ovarian cancer can take a lot of perseverance to get it diagnosed properly:
-persistent pelvic and abdominal pain increased abdominal size or
-persistent bloating (not bloating that comes and goes), and
-difficulty eating, and feeling full quickly
are all potential signs, but the key thing is not to be fobbed by your GP
For more info go to the NHS site