Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month backed by CancerCare

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Disease affects more than 7,000 women a year

Ovarian cancer is the second most common gynaecological cancer in the UK and is diagnosed in more than 7,000 women a year.

To highlight this form of cancer, CancerCare North Lancashire and South Cumbria is spreading the word about the symptoms of ovarian cancer for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month this March.

CancerCare says 11 women die every day from ovarian cancer, yet four out of five women in the UK cannot name bloating as a key symptom of the disease.

The symptoms of ovarian cancer are persistent bloating, feeling full quickly and/or loss of appetite, pelvic or abdominal pain and urinary symptoms.

Other symptoms can include unexpected weight loss, a change in bowel habits and extreme fatigue. Occasionally there can be other symptoms including changes in bowel habit (for example, diarrhoea or constipation and extreme fatigue (feeling very tired).

Anyone experiencing these symptoms, and they are not normal for them, should see their GP.