Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on March 3, 2014 by Guest Writer
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Hot on the heels of National Heart Month in February, Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is encouraging scores of Brits to help spread the news about this condition.

It’s an awareness campaign that’s set to go down very well amongst a nation of tea-o-holics. For the duration of March, for The Eve Appeal’s Make Time for Tea fundraiser will have Brits putting the kettle on and making a cuppa to help spread the word about Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Armed with mugs, tea spoons and a selection of tasty biscuits and cakes no doubt, thousands are expected to answer the call to arms for this annual charity campaign.

To put ovarian cancer into perspective, the condition affects more than 7,000 women in the UK every year – or to put it another way, around 135 women a week. More importantly, ovarian cancer is the biggest gynaecological killer of women in the UK, with survival rates amongst the worst in Europe. Unfortunately, three quarters of women are diagnosed once that cancer has already spread, making treatment more problematic.

So it is against this backdrop that Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month organisers are so keen to improve detection, treatment and increase the number of women that survive from the disease. With only three per cent of women saying they are ‘very confident’ about spotting a symptom of ovarian cancer (according to Target Ovarian Cancer), there is obviously a vital need to raise awareness and dispel the myths.
Luckily, the symptoms of ovarian cancer are not difficult to spot and usually happen more than 12 times a month. They include:

  • Persistent bloating (that doesn’t come and go) and increased abdominal size
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Difficulty eating/feeling full
  • Needing to wee more urgently or more often
  • Symptoms can also include unexpected weight loss, change in bowel habits and extreme tiredness.

If you would like to be part of this popular campaign then get in contact today and help let women all over the UK know about Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Who knows, you may end up saving someone’s life.