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You're Not Ovary ActingWhat is You’re Not Ovary-acting?

You’re Not Ovary-acting is The RCT’s ovarian cancer awareness campaign!

Why You’re Not Ovary-acting?
Well, we all love a good pun don’t we?!

Although that is certainly the case here at The RCT, there is a very good reason for the name of our ovarian cancer campaign. Before we get to that reason, we need to understand the aims and objective of the campaign.

Firstly, we want to scream and shout that ovarian cancer is NOT a silent killer! We hear this very often and we’ve made it a main aim to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms, so that every woman has the tools to fight this disease.

Secondly, there is NO national screening programme for ovarian cancer. We also hear this common misconception being thrown around, but the smear test does not test for ovarian cancer. That’s why it’s so important to us to educate women about the signs and symptoms and what to do if they are worried about ovarian cancer.

Thirdly, we’re telling women to Listen to your body, no-one knows it like you do.

This may seem like a simple sentence, but as you’ll read in the information below, the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer can be a little vague, so the importance of knowing what feels normal for you cannot be stressed enough. Only you can keep track of any unusual activity and only you have the power to visit your GP if you are worried about ovarian cancer.

Finally, this all leads to why You’re Not Ovary-Acting? As you will have read above, this fight against ovarian cancer is a very personal, internal battle that you have to take ownership of. That’s why we want to reassure you that if you’ve paid attention to your body, you’ve checked the signs and symptoms and you’re concerned about ovarian cancer, then you are not overreacting. It’s time to head to your GP and get yourself checked by a trained health professional, because it could save your life.

How do I make sure I’m not Ovary-acting?
First off, you need to familiarise yourself with the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, as these are your warning signs that something might be wrong. If you are experiencing any of the signs and symptoms outlined below, along with them matching the information below in the section ‘when to be concerned’ (link to When to be concerned) then we would urge you to visit your GP and explain what’s wrong.

Signs & Symptoms
• Abdominal pain
• Feeling of fullness
• Increased need to pass urine
• Abdominal swelling
• Irregular vaginal bleeding
• Change in bowel habits

Now, we realise that these signs & symptoms are a little vague… Anything written above could be due to any number of things happening in your body. Below is a list of markers for when to be concerned if these signs and symptoms are occurring to you.

When to be concerned
• They are persistent – They don’t go away
• They are frequent – They occur on most days
• They are new – They started within the last 12 months
• They are unusual – They are not normal for you

Please watch the video below to our Ovarian Cancer Symptoms film to learn the signs and symptoms and to remind you, You’re Not Ovary-Acting:

Ovarian Cancer Symptoms from #TheRCT

Now that you know the signs & symptoms and when to be concerned with ovarian cancer, listen to your body and pay attention to any sudden changes. Share this information with your friends via Social Media to help spread our message of awareness and remember – you’re not ovary-acting!

You can also download the latest You’re Not Ovary-Acting awareness posters and help us raise awareness of ovarian cancer (if needed, please make sure you ask permission to put them up first!)

If you’d like to know more about Ovarian Cancer  then please visit our page What is Germ Cell Cancer?

If you, or a loved one, has been affected by ovarian cancer in any way then please feel free to contact us. Alternatively, please visit our resources page to view a list of trusted charities that are also happy to hear from you and may be able to help you in ways which we can’t (being a purely awareness-based charity). This may seem odd, but we’re all in this together, fighting the same fight and we just want to support people affected by this horrible disease.

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