Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month - Know the symptoms


As Ovarian Cancer Awareness month draws to a close Belfast Trust’s Consultant Gynae Oncologist, Elaine Craig, has urged women to be aware of the symptoms and openly discuss the disease with family and friends.

“This cancer has often been called the ‘silent killer but when patients have been diagnosed, upon reflection, there have been a number of symptoms present for weeks or months prior to diagnosis, that are important not to ignore” she said.

These include:

  • Persistent bloating, not associated with food.
  • Decrease in appetite.
  • Lump in pelvis/abdomen.
  • The need to urinate more frequently.

Dr Craig did reassure those who may be experiencing any of the above by adding “these symptoms can be quite subtle and vague and often nothing to do with Cancer, but it is important to be body aware and to engage with your GP should you have any unexplained persistent symptoms. Early diagnosis and presentation may impact on the outcome of this disease so it is important to continue awareness and keep this conversation going with family and friends.”

For more info please visit cancerresearch.co.uk or targetovariancancer.org.uk