If your tummy feels bloated for more than three weeks, tell your doctor. It could be a symptom of ovarian cancer.
7,100 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year.
Most women develop ovarian cancer after their menopause (when periods stop) but it can start at any age.
Have a look at the questions below.
- Have two or more people in your family had ovarian or breast cancer?
- When you eat, do you feel full quickly? Or are you not bothered about eating?
- Do you have pain around your tummy?
- Do you need to wee a lot?
- Has your poo changed? Maybe you used to poo regularly, but now you don’t? Or now you poo a lot?
- Are you very tired?
- Have you lost weight (without going on a diet or exercising a lot)?
If you answer mostly yes to the questions, please tell your doctor. You may have symptoms of ovarian cancer. You are probably fine, but it is better to check.
If you have cancer and your doctor diagnoses you quickly, you have a good chance of getting better.
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