Around 7,300 women are diagnosed every year in the UK with Ovarian cancer and 4,100 of these women lose their life. A woman has around a 1 in 50 chance of being diagnosed with Ovarian cancer.
March is Ovarian Cancer awareness month where charities come together to raise more awareness about how common Ovarian cancer is and the risks that it can have on people’s lives and also on their families.
This March join the nation to ‘start making noise’ to enable women to have the best chance of survival. Two charities Target Ovarian Cancer charity and Ovacome charity have many ways that you can get involved by fundraising or just simply make a donation.
With woman having the awareness of the signs and symptoms, Ovarian cancer could be caught earlier increasing the chance of survival from 44% to over 90% in most women.
£10 could enable 20 GPs to update their knowledge of ovarian cancer and best practice for early diagnosis.
£30 could pay for one hour of medical research into new treatments.
£50 could help 200 people to learn about the symptoms of ovarian cancer by receiving our symptoms leaflet.
£100 could provide 60 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer with a printed copy of one our Information Standard accredited publications, offering expert advice, practical information and emotional support.
Last year we spent 65p of every pound raised to support women with a diagnosis, improve early diagnosis and research new and improved treatments.
(Ovarian Cancer Charity, 2018)
If you experience any of the below signs and symptoms, contact your GP or give Cignpost Health a call.
- Persistent bloating – not bloating that comes and goes
- Feeling full quickly and/or loss of appetite
- Pelvic or abdominal pain (tummy and below)
- Urinary symptoms (needing to wee more urgently or more often than usual)
- Changes in bowel habit (e.g. diarrhoea or constipation)
- Extreme fatigue (feeling very tired)
- Unexplained weight loss
- Any bleeding after the menopause should always be investigated by a GP
Target Ovarian Cancer. (2018). Ovarian cancer fundraising. Available: https://www.targetovariancancer.org.uk/ovarian-cancer-fundraising. Last accessed 16th Feb 2018.
Ovacome. (2018). OVARIAN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH 2018.Available: http://www.ovacome.org.uk/campaigning-volunteering/ovarian-cancer-awareness-month/. Last accessed 16th Feb 2018.