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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
How you can help
At Ovarian Cancer Action we have been funding vital research since 2006. We've made some exciting discoveries but research takes time. So while our scientists are busy working in the lab to find a screening tool and better treatments, we need your help to raise awareness of the disease and its symptoms. Early diagnosis saves lives.
Help raise awareness of ovarian cancer
4 Main Symptoms
Did you see cancer hiding there? Ovarian cancer can look pretty innocent if you don’t know what to look for. So if you’re suffering with any of these symptoms frequently, make sure you see your GP to rule out anything serious.
Did you notice cancer in frequent weeing? Something as ordinary as nipping for a wee a few times could be a sign of ovarian cancer. If you’re going to loo more often than usual, go to your GP to rule out anything serious.
Can you see cancer? It’s hiding in difficulty eating. When you’re not even peckish for your favourite dish it’s odd to think it could be ovarian cancer. So if you’re consistently struggling to eat, see your GP to rule out anything more serious.
Cancer. Chances are that you didn’t see it when you saw bloating. But maybe you didn’t know what to look for. So if you’re experiencing persistent bloating, make sure to see your GP to rule out ovarian cancer.
Persistent stomach Pain
Bet you missed cancer hiding amongst the stomach pain. Fair enough, it’s hard to see anything with a tummy ache. But everyday symptoms can be something more serious. So if you’re experiencing persistent stomach pain, see your GP as soon as possible.
Cancer doesn't wait in line
Stomach pain, bloating, loss of appetite and frequent weeing are all symptoms of ovarian cancer. If you're experiencing anything unusual your doctor wants to see you.
Share the facts
It's deadlier than other gynae cancers
Ovarian cancer kills more women in the UK than womb, cervical, vaginal and vulval cancer combined. With no national awareness programme it’s vital you know the symptoms – ovarian.org.uk/ symptoms
Survival rates need to improve
Breast and prostate cancer have significantly higher five-year survival rates than ovarian cancer. This needs to change. Help fund research and make sure you know the symptoms – ovarian.org.uk/symptoms
Early diagnosis is vital
If a woman’s ovarian cancer is diagnosed at stage 1 she has a 90% chance of surviving for five years or more but by stage 4 survival rate is as low as 4%. Early diagnosis saves lives – ovarian.org.uk/symptoms
Spread the word
Put up a poster
Download our symptoms poster, print it out and put up at work or in your local community (click on image above)
Arrange a talk at your place of work - ON HOLD
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Thank you for raising awareness of ovarian cancer with us. Whether you write a tweet or put up a poster, every action you take will help arm women with knowledge that could save their life.