September is Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month
Gynae Cancer Awareness Month is from 1-30 September and is a chance to shine a spotlight on ovarian cancer as one of the five gynaecological cancers.
What is Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month?
Gynaecological Cancer Awareness month is recognised in September across the world and encourages everyone to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the five gynaecological cancers.
Whilst our focus at Target Ovarian Cancer is on ovarian cancer, we recognise the importance of improved symptoms awareness and the early diagnosis of all gynaecological cancers.
What are gynaecological cancers?
There are five gynae cancers you should be aware of, including ovarian cancer. They are:
What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer?
Knowing the symptoms of ovarian cancer could save your life, or the life of someone you love.
Symptoms of ovarian cancer
Persistent bloating (not bloating that comes and goes)
Feeling full quickly and/or loss of appetite
Pelvic or abdominal pain (that's from your tummy to the top of your thighs)
Urinary symptoms (needing to wee more urgently or more often than usual)
Occasionally there can be other symptoms of ovarian cancer:
Changes in bowel habit (e.g., diarrhoea or constipation)
Extreme fatigue (feeling very tired)
Unplanned weight loss
Any unusual bleeding from the vagina before or after the menopause should always be investigated by a GP
Symptoms will be:
New – they're not normal for you
Frequent – they usually happen more than 12 times a month
Persistent – they don't go away
Worried about your symptoms?
If you regularly experience any one or more of these symptoms, which aren't normal for you, it's important that you contact your GP. It's unlikely that your symptoms are caused by a serious problem but it's important to get checked out, even if they're mild.
I want to do all I can to prevent others from feeling the same pain I’ve felt. I want to share mum’s story to raise more awareness of ovarian cancer symptoms in the hope that others may recognise them in themselves or others. Knowing the symptoms could hopefully give someone a higher chance of survival as maybe the disease could be caught sooner.
If you have any questions, concerns or would like to talk to a specialist nurse, you can call our dedicated support line on 020 7923 5475 or contact us: [email protected].
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