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March is ovarian cancer awareness month

Date: 09 March 2018

Doctors in Bromley are urging women to become more aware of the symptoms of ovarian cancer this month.

Local GP and Bromley CCG Clinical Director Dr Ruchira Paranjape said: “Two-thirds of women are diagnosed once ovarian cancer has already spread. Women can improve their chances of survival by knowing the symptoms and seeing their GP if they are concerned.’

Ovarian cancer in Bromley

For every 100,000 women in Bromley, the number of new ovarian cancer diagnosis each year is 20, which is similar to the England average of 23.

Symptoms of ovarian cancer

According to research by charity Target Ovarian Cancer (https://www.targetovariancancer.org.uk/) just one in five women in the UK are able to name bloating as a symptom of ovarian cancer. Symptoms of the disease include the following:

  • Persistent bloating - not bloating that comes and goes
  • Feeling full quickly and/or loss of appetite
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain (that's your tummy and below)
  • Urinary symptoms (needing to wee more urgently or more often than usual)

Occasionally there can be other symptoms including:

  • Changes in bowel habit (eg diarrhoea or constipation)
  • Extreme fatigue (feeling very tired)
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Any bleeding after the menopause should always be investigated by a GP. This includes frequent, persistent or new symptoms.

Women can help reduce their risk of developing the disease by maintaining a healthy weight, stopping smoking and by avoiding the use of talcum powder in intimate areas. In Bromley help with making healthier lifestyle choices is available from Bromley My Life: https://bromley.mylifeportal.co.uk/ . Women who are worried about cancer, including ovarian, should see their GP as soon as possible.

During March, the Target Ovarian Cancer charity is running Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, to raise awareness and funds for this condition. Its research suggests that only three per cent of women are very confident of spotting a symptom of ovarian cancer.

Dr Paranjape said: “Women need to know what to look for, so they go to their doctor as soon as possible to raise their concerns.”

Further information on ovarian cancer can be found by visiting NHS Choices: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/ovarian-cancer/

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    Doctors in Bromley are urging women to become more aware of the symptoms of ovarian cancer this month.

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