Media Release – March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month – “If in doubt, get checked out”

Media Release - March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month - "If in doubt, get checked out"

“If in doubt, get checked out”, NHS in Leeds supports Ovarian Cancer Awareness month

The NHS is Leeds is supporting Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month (1 – 31 March) by urging local women to know the symptoms of ovarian cancer as this could help to save their life.

Ovarian cancer is the sixth most common cancer in women[1]. According to Ovarian Cancer Action around 7,300 women are diagnosed with the disease each year in the UK. Available figures for Leeds show that in 2018 fifty-eight[2] women were diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

The charity has said 80% of cases occur in women over the age of 50; however, younger women can develop ovarian cancer too. Women are also at a greater risk of developing ovarian cancer if they’ve had members in their family who have had ovarian or breast cancer.

Symptoms of ovarian cancer include:

• Persistent stomach pain
• Persistent bloating
• Finding it difficult to eat or feeling full quickly
• Needing to wee more often

Dr Sarah Forbes, GP and Associate Medical Director of Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group, said; “I would encourage women to see their GP if they experience any of the symptoms of ovarian cancer. There might be nothing to worry about, but it’s best to get yourself checked out to be on the safe side.

“If your GP thinks that you may have ovarian cancer they will arrange for you to have a blood test or a scan. Catching ovarian cancer early could save your life.”

Other symptoms of ovarian cancer include;

• Back pain
• Changes in your bowel habits (diarrohea or constipation)
• Feeling tired all the time
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