Gynaecologist shares the warning signs and symptoms of ‘silent killer’ ovarian cancer

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If you are experiencing a new, persistent pain in the pelvis, back, or lower abdomen, seek advice from your doctor, particularly if this doesn’t settle. Photo: Pexels


(Stephanie Wareham/ Wales Online) — Ovarian cancer is the sixth most-common cancer in the UK, with around 7,500 cases diagnosed each year. Sadly, more than 75 per cent of these cases are diagnosed at stage three or later, when the cancer has already spread into the abdomen or beyond, earning the disease the nickname “the silent killer”.

If ovarian cancer is detected earlier, treatment is much more successful. As March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Dr Susanna Unsworth, intimate wellbeing brand INTIMINA’s in-house gynaecologist has shared advice and the signs and symptoms to look out for to help earlier detection.

Bloating is very common, and occasional bloating that resolves quickly is not usually anything to worry about. However, if you are experiencing new onset bloating, bloating that doesn’t settle within 2 to 3 weeks, bloating that is happening frequently without obvious triggers, or bloating that is not resolving with usual treatments or dietary changes, it is worth speaking to your GP. (…)

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