- Published: Wednesday, 13 August 2014 20:14
OVARIAN CANCER AWARENESS
Did you know? 7,000 women a year are diagnosed with ovarian cancer
Smear Tests will not help to detect ovarian cancer
Some of the symptoms of ovarian cancer are similar to those seen in more common conditions like IBS, so the GPs can find it difficult to diagnose
Most case of ovarian cancer are diagnosed in women who have gone through the change of life. But younger women can also get it.
The sooner ovarian cancer is detected the easier it is to treat. Survival can be up to 70% for woman diagnosed with early ovarian cancer in the UK.
For more information on symptoms and tests go to
NHS24 advice: Telephone 111 to speak to an adviser.
Need to wee more
Always feeling full
The symptoms can be frequent- more than 12 times a month
Persistent- they don’t go away
New - they are not normal for you
Occasionally there are other symptoms:
Changes in bowel habit
Unexplained weight loss.
If you are worried about your symptoms:
Note in your diary when you get a symptom
Talk to your GP and tell them if 2 or more relatives have had ovarian or breast cancer.
What tests might your GP do?
For symptoms more than 12 times a month your GP should do a CA125 blood test.
Depending on the results they may order scans of your tummy and ovaries.
This information comes from the leaflet of the charity TARGET OVARIAN CANCER For every woman. For life!