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Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on March 6th, 2024

March is ovarian cancer awareness month in the UK.

Currently only 3 in 10 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer live beyond 10 years. It’s unacceptable.

With 7500 women receiving an ovarian cancer diagnosis in the UK each year, it’s vital we make faster progress to reach a vision of ovarian cancer being survivable for all women.

During the month of March, Ovarian Cancer Action – alongside other UK gynae charities – put the spotlight on ovarian cancer and ask supporters to help raise awareness of ovarian cancer symptoms, statistics and stories.

What you need to know

  • Ovarian cancer is the UK’s deadliest gynaecological disease, claiming the life of another woman in the UK every two hours
  • Ovarian cancer kills more women in the UK than womb, cervical, vulval and vaginal cancers combined
  • Ovarian cancer can affect women of all ages
  • One in four women mistakenly think their smear test will detect the disease
  • Symptoms are often mistaken for less serious conditions like IBS

What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer?

Understanding the symptoms of ovarian cancer is pivotal for early detection. Common symptoms include:

  • Persistent bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
  • Changes in urinary habits
  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss or gain

For more information, please visit Ovarian Cancer Action


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