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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 these can also be symptoms of other, less serious, conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ovarian cysts, polycystic ovary syndrome and more – if you’re experiencing them it doesn’t mean you definitely have ovarian cancer.

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.
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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. You can visit Ovarian Cancer Action’s BRCA hub for all the information, advice and support you need about BRCA1/2 gene mutations.
  • 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


  • Ovarian cancer is not a silent killer – there are signs & symptoms to look out for – listen to your body, she knows you best
  • The Smear Test does not detect ovarian cancer – it is a screening test for cervical cancer – there is no national screening program for ovarian cancer
  • The HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccine does not prevent ovarian cancer – it protects against cervical cancer
  • There is still a 5% chance of ovarian cancer cells developing following a hysterectomy and removal of your ovaries 

Text Reminders

  • Text OVARY to 70300 to receive your free monthly text reminder of the signs & symptoms of ovarian cancer – awareness direct to your pocket!
  • Standard network rates apply for your initial sign up text, after which all texts you receive from The Robin Cancer Trust are free
  • Text STOP to 70300 to unsubscribe
  • The Robin Cancer Trust will keep your details safe and secure and will not pass them on to any third parties
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