Facts & Figures 

  • 7,300 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year in the UK – that’s 20 per day

  • Ovarian cancer is the 6th most common cancer in women

  • 1 in 52 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in their lifetime

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

  • However, almost 60% of ovarian cancer cases are diagnosed at a late stage

  • A woman dies every 2 hours from ovarian cancer in the UK

 Signs & Symptoms 

  • Bloating

  • Feeling of fullness

  • Irregular bleeding

  • Pain

  • Needing to pee

  • 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 re concerned.

 When to be Concerned 

  •  If your symptoms are:

  • Persistent – they won’t go away

  • Frequent – they occur most days

  • New – they started in the last 12 months

  • Unusual – they are not normal for you

  • 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. 

 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