It’s thanks to incredible medical advances which have been made in the past century that cancer is something more and more people survive.
This time 100 years ago, if you were told you had cancer, you were essentially a dead man walking.
There was no treatment available that could save us.
This is thanks to the brilliant minds who are tirelessly researching a way to beat cancer.
It’s sad to think that 1 in 3 will have cancer in one form or another. And most of us will be affected by it. Whether that’s from having it ourselves or knowing someone who has it.
Breast cancer, an absolutely devastating illness, is sadly one of the most common forms of cancer in the US.
Over 150 new cases of the disease are diagnosed every single day and the consequences can be devastating.
Women are constantly being urged to check their breasts for lumps, the most common sign of cancer.
But breast cancer is not the only kind of cancer women are in danger of. Ovarian cancer is an even bigger risk to women than breast cancer!
However, a lot of women are less aware of the symptoms of ovarian cancer, and it’s putting us all at risk.
In a recent survey in the UK, only 1% of women (out of 1,000) were able to recognize the most common symptom of ovarian cancer.
Going to the bathroom more often than usual.
It’s a simple enough symptom which can easily be confused with something else, but not checking up on it is quite dangerous, especially if it turns out to be ovarian cancer.
Not being able to recognize this common symptom is pretty concerning, especially considering that ovarian cancer is one of the most common types of cancers in women.
In 2014, reportedly 14,195 women died of ovarian cancer that year!
But that’s not all, just one in five were aware that abdominal pain could be a sign of ovarian cancer, while 3% of women were aware that constantly feeling full is also a symptom, and only 21% knew that bloating could be an indicator too!
Those are shockingly low numbers!
The poll also found that 30% of women believe that cervical screening tests will identify ovarian cancer.
That’s not the case at all!
In light of these shocking and worrying results, it’s important to educate yourself on the symptoms of ovarian cancer, as they could mean the difference between life and death.
That way if you can tell something’s wrong, you’ll be able to get help much more quickly.
Early diagnosis doubles the odds of surviving ovarian cancer for five years or more, so it’s especially important that everyone knows what to look out for, and when it’s time to chat with their doctor.
Target Ovarian Cancer chief executive Annwen Jones said:
‘There is a chronic lack of awareness and funding for ovarian cancer.
‘We urgently need a national awareness programme for ovarian cancer and investment in research into new treatments. We have seen enormous advances in other cancers, but ovarian cancer is lagging behind.
‘With investment, we know we could see similar progress. We must act now to transform the lives of women with ovarian cancer before it’s too late.’
So we’ve put together a list of symptoms you should be on the lookout for!
Ovarian Cancer Symptoms
- Pelvic or abdominal pain,
- Persistent bloating,
- Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly,
- Needing to wee urgently more often,
- Extreme fatigue,
- Unexplained weight loss,
- Loss of appetite.
It’s important to remember that cervical screening tests will not detect ovarian cancer.
Most cases of ovarian cancer are diagnosed in women who have been through the menopause, but younger women can also get ovarian cancer.
Survival can be up to 90% for women who are diagnosed early.
If you suffer from any of these symptoms then it’s worth checking them out with your doctor to make sure it’s nothing to worry about.
After all, it’s better safe than sorry!
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