ovarian cancer 


Signs & Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer


Feeling full

Irregular bleeding


Needing to pee

 listen to your body, you know it best 

It’s important to note that there is NO national screening programme for ovarian cancer.

It's important to be symptoms-aware and visit a medical professional if you are concerned.


  • Family history – if two or more relatives from the same side of your family have had ovarian cancer under the age of 50, or there has been more than one case of ovarian and breast cancer in your family, you may have a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer – because you may have inherited a BRCA1/2 gene mutation.

  • BRCA1/2 gene mutations – are associated with an up to 60% chance of developing ovarian cancer. 

  • Age – 84% of cases are diagnosed in women over the age of 50, and more than half of all cases in women over 65 – although it is important to remember that a women can get ovarian cancer at any age

Listen to your body, you know it best

When to be Concerned



The symptoms won't go away.



The symptoms occur most days.




The symptoms started in the last 12 months.



The symptoms are not normal for you.

If you have symptoms, you should make an appointment to see a medical professional as soon as possible.

Keep a record of what symptoms you are experiencing and take this to your appointment – this will help make a speedier diagnosis. Remember, no-one knows your body as well as you – listen to your body, she knows you best.

Help us Save Lives

90% curable

Ovarian cancer is 90% curable if detected early – meaning women surviving 5 years or more

7,300 women

are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year in the UK – that’s 20 per day

1 in 52

women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in their lifetime


Ovarian cancer is the 6th most common cancer in women


Myth #1: Ovarian cancer only affects older women

Ovarian cancer risk increases with age – more than half the cases of ovarian cancer are women over 65 years - but it can affect younger women too; 1,000 women under the age of 50 a year are diagnosed every year in the UK.

Myth #2: Ovarian cancer is a silent killer

While it’s true that the signs & symptoms of ovarian cancer can feel like other common sensations, certain changes in your body can be a sign that you need to visit your doctor. If your symptoms are frequent, persistent, new or unusual for you – listen to your body and get straight to a doctor – it could save your life.

Myth #3: A cyst is always cause for concern

No matter what, ovarian cysts should be monitored and you should ask for a second opinion if you’re worried. With that being said, it’s important to remember that the majority of ovarian cysts are not cancerous; Most ovulating women form cysts (small sacs filled with fluid) in their ovaries every month. Known as functional cysts, these are benign and usually disappear on their own.

Myth #4: The smear test checks for ovarian cancer

1 in 4 women mistakenly believe a smear test (cervical smear) detects ovarian cancer – however, it is only a screening test for cervical cancer – there is no national screening program for ovarian cancer.

Myth #5: A hysterectomy means you can’t get ovarian cancer

Having had a hysterectomy doesn’t mean you can’t get ovarian cancer. Whilst removal of the ovaries reduces risk by 95%, there is still a 5% chance of ovarian cancer cells developing.

Myth #6: No family history means you’re in the clear

Only about 15-20% of ovarian cancer diagnosis are attributed to family history. Other risk factors include age, weight, use of hormone replacement therapy, smoking and diabetes – it’s important to talk to your doctor if you are concerned about your risk of ovarian cancer.

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