Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. This is a subject that is pretty close to our family’s heart. My mother-in-law sadly lost her two and a half battle with this disease last January at the relatively young age of 64.
Many people think that this is a rare disease but in fact it is the biggest gynaecological killer of women in the UK and the 4th most common cause of cancer death. 1 woman in 50 will be diagnosed with it. Around 135 women are diagnosed each week and over 4000 women will die a year because of it.
This disease is such a big killer because around three quarters of women diagnosed are when the cancer has already spread, making treatment a lot harder.
Ovarian cancer is not symptomless so it’s really important to raise awareness of what to look for.
- Increased abdominal size/persistent bloating (not bloating that comes and goes)
- Difficulty eating/feeling full
- Pelvic or abdominal pain
- Needing to wee more urgently or more often
Other symptoms can include unexpected weight loss, change in bowel habits, and extreme fatigue.
If you regularly experience any of these symptoms, which are not normal for you, it is important that you see your GP. It is unlikely that your symptoms are caused by a serious problem, but it is important to be checked out.
Target Ovarian Cancer are asking people to Go #GlamforOcam – take a glamorous picture of yourself and post it on social media with the details of their donation line. Text Glam15 £3 to 70070 to donate £3 to help fund more research into beating this disease.
Check out www.ocam.org.uk for more information on Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Other Ovarian Cancer information can be found from www.ovacome.org.uk, www.eveappeal.org.uk and www.targetovariancancer.org.uk
Banner Credit: http://www.targetovariancancer.org.uk