March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and events and campaigns are being organised around the UK to raise funds and awareness for this common cancer. It has been estimated that the risk of a woman developing ovarian cancer is one in 54 with around 6% of all women dying from the disease.
Surprisingly Cancer Research UK has found that most women are unaware that ovarian cancer has symptoms such as an uncomfortable swelling in the tummy and abdominal pain. Consultant Gynaecologist, Mary McCormack, has referred to ovarian cancer as a “silent killer” as up to 75% of women will not start to exhibit symptoms until the disease has advanced.
Treatments for ovarian cancer are increasingly effective and complex with a range of surgical and medical options now available to women. For more information on ovarian cancer please click here.