Ovarian Cancer Awareness

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Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month 2020

February is Ovarian Cancer awareness month to help raise awareness of signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer.

Ovarian cancer is most common in women over 50 and the average age of those diagnosed is 64 years.

Each year approx. 1580 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and approximately over 1100 women will lose their battle with this disease each year.

With no early detection tests it is important for women to know and understand the signs, symptoms and risks.

Risk Factors

  • Age – being over 50 and through menopause.
  • Genetics and Family history – are responsible for 20% of ovarian cancers.
  • Child bearing history – women who have not had children, unable to have children, never used oral contraceptives or have had children over the age of 30 may be at slightly higher at risk.
  • Endometriosis.
  • Lifestyle factors – e.g. smoking, being overweight or eating a high fat diet.
  • Hormonal factors- include early puberty (menstruating before 12) or late menopause (onset after 50).
  • Use of Hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

Symptoms can include:

  • Abdominal pain.
  • Increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal bloating.
  • Needing to urinate more frequently or urgently.
  • Feeling full after eating a small amount.

Always remember: Get to know your body and any symptoms that are new or unusual for you that persist. Always consult with your Doctor.