Signs & Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer
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.
KEY RISK FACTORS
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
Ovarian cancer is 90% curable if detected early – meaning women surviving 5 years or more
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
Myth #2: Ovarian cancer is a silent killer
Myth #3: A cyst is always cause for concern
Myth #4: The smear test checks for ovarian cancer
Myth #5: A hysterectomy means you can’t get ovarian cancer
Myth #6: No family history means you’re in the clear
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