March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. As part of the WI’s See the Signs campaign, we are encouraging you to join us in raising awareness of the subtle signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer to help ensure more women get a diagnosis at the earliest possible opportunity.
Over 300 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year in Wales. The earlier ovarian cancer is diagnosed the easier it is to treat. However, because the early signs of ovarian cancer can be similar to conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), it is often not diagnosed until it has spread, and a cure is not possible.
The four main symptoms of ovarian cancer are:
- Persistent stomach pain
- Persistent bloating
- Difficulty eating/feeling full more quickly
- Needing to wee more frequently
Research by Target Ovarian Cancer this year has revealed that only 27% of women in Wales are able to name bloating as a symptom, 33% abdominal pain, 3% feeling full and just 2% urinary urgency.