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Becoming an Ovarian Cancer Action Champion

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Sheffield Heeley MP Meg Munn recently attended an event held by Ovarian Cancer Action to show her support to the ‘Remember the Symptoms’ campaign. She agreed to become an ‘Ovarian Cancer Action Champion’ to help publicise ways that women can improve their chances of surviving the disease. Meg committed to help raise awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer, as well as supporting the charity’s awareness and research work. 


Meg said:


“It’s important that every woman knows the symptoms of ovarian cancer and takes action to combat the disease. Currently less that 40% of women with ovarian cancer survive five years beyond diagnosis, as women are typically diagnosed after it has spread beyond the ovary. If diagnosed at an early stage, survival rates can be as high as 90%.”


The most common symptoms women should be aware of are:

  • increased abdominal size and persistent bloating not bloating that comes and goes,
  • persistent pelvic and abdominal pain, and/or
  • difficulty eating or feeling full quickly. 


Other symptoms to be aware of are urinary symptoms, changes in bowel habit, extreme fatigue or back pain.


Any of these symptoms can be experienced on their own or in combination.  If women are experiencing any of these symptoms on most days, they are unlikely to have ovarian cancer but could be important that they talk to their GP and ask whether ovarian cancer should be considered.


For more information on Ovarian Cancer Action, call 020 8238 7605, email info@ovarian.org.uk or visit www.ovarian.org.uk


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