Despite ovarian cancer being the most deadly gynaecological cancer in the UK, with over 7000 women diagnosed yearly, most women are not aware of the symptoms they should be on the lookout for.

The UK has low survival rates for this type of cancer,( 36% 5 year survival), most likely because this lack of awareness leads to late diagnosis.

Symptoms of ovarian cancer are:

Persistent bloating
Abdominal pain
Back pain
Pelvic pain
Frequent Urination

If you have persistent symptoms it is best to see your GP as soon as possible, as there is no screening program in place. There is a blood test called CA125, that is often raised in Ovarian cancer. However there are also other benign conditions that can caused raised CA125, so it’s better to see your doctor to discuss all the options available.

Target Ovarian Cancer is pushing for a national awareness campaign, you can support the cause by visiting their website at