This March marks Ovarian Cancer Awareness month.
Ovarian cancer is the 5th most common cause of cancer death. In the UK approximately 7400 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year. About 500 will have low-grade serous ovarian cancer. Of those 250 will be in their 20s and 30s.
This year both Neighbours and Eastenders have included ovarian cancer in their storylines. You can read Target Ovarian Cancer’s commentary on this here: https://www.targetovariancancer.org.uk/news/what-can-soaps-do-symptoms-awareness.
Many women with ovarian cancer have a difficult path to diagnosis. A UK study found 50% take longer than 12 months to be diagnosed from first experiencing symptoms. Half will ignore their symptoms for 2-3 months. 8 in 10 will then be misdiagnosed by their doctor. That’s why knowing the symptoms, and when to ask to be tested is so important. You can read more about symptoms here, or watch our video below.
Unfortunately the majority of women will be diagnosed at stage 2-4 when the cancer has spread. For them research is their best hope.