Dr Tim Dalton, local GP and Clinical Chair of NHS Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group said:
“NHS Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group support initiatives that raise awareness of cancers and the need seek treatment as soon as symptoms appear. Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cancer among women after breast cancer, bowel cancer, lung cancer and cancer of the uterus (womb).
Ovarian cancer is most common in women who have been through the menopause (usually over the age of 50), although it can affect women of any age. Symptoms can include persistent stomach pain in the pelvis and lower stomach; persistent bloating, finding it difficult to eat or feeling full quickly and needing to urinate more often. If you’re regularly experiencing these symptoms on most days you must visit your GP as soon as possible and get help. It may not be cancer as these symptoms can also be caused by irritable bowel syndrome, ovarian cysts or polycystic ovary syndrome, but it’s essential to get yourself checked as soon as possible”.
Notes for editors
Ø In the UK, around 7,100 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year.
Ø Other symptoms of ovarian cancer include back pain, changes in your bowel habits (diarrhoea or constipation) and feeling tired all the time.