March Cancer Awareness

March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

*Statistics Sources: Cancer Data (which includes information from the National Disease Registration Service)
and Cancer Research UK
Across Wessex, approximately 350 women are diagnosed with Ovarian cancer each year (Cancer
Data 2020)
There are around 7,500 new ovarian cancer cases in the UK every year, that’s 21 every day (2016-
2018 CRUK).
Incidence rates for ovarian cancer in the UK are highest in females aged 75 to 79 (CRUK 2016-2018).
In females in the UK, ovarian cancer is the 6th most common cancer.
In 2020, approximately 63% of ovarian cancer cases, were diagnosed at a late stage in Wessex.

Ovarian Cancer symptoms include:

  • persistent bloating or a swollen tummy
  • reduced appetite or feeling full quickly after eating
  • pain or tenderness in your tummy or pelvis (the area between the hips)
  • urinary symptoms (needing to wee more urgently or more often)

If you are concerned about any of the above symptoms please make an appointment.