BEAT ovarian cancer with Ovacome
Help us raise awareness of ovarian cancer!
Ovacome, working in collaboration with other women's health
charities, convened the UK's first symptoms consensus conference.
Leading clinicians and researchers alongside cancer charities and
women affected by the disease debated the evidence and experiences
of ovarian cancer. This resulted in agreement that the following
three symptoms are more frequent in women diagnosed with ovarian
- Persistent pelvic and abdominal pain
- Increased abdominal size/persistent bloating - not
bloating that comes and goes
- Difficulty eating and feeling full
These symptoms are frequently experienced by women, however when
they are experienced frequently, persistantly and severely the
likelihood of ovarian cancer increases.
As part of Ovacome's ongoing campaigning to make women and
healthcare professionals aware of the symptoms of ovarian cancer,
Ovacome launched the BEAT campaign in ovarian cancer awareness
month 2010, a country-wide initiative to encourage women and
healthcare professionals to recognise the symptoms of ovarian
The BEAT ovarian cancer campaign is the first to engage GPs,
women and ovarian cancer charities around the world. It has as its
centre piece an easy to remember acronym:
- B for bloating that is persistent and doesn't come and
- E for eating less and feeling fuller
- A for abdominal pain
- T for telling your GP
If you think you might be experiencing one or more of the BEAT
symptoms, our online BEAT symptoms tracker generates a report that
can help your doctor decide if tests or scans are necessary.
symptoms with the BEAT Symptom Tracker here.
There are also many ways that you can get involved in the BEAT
campaign, from holding an awareness raising event to fundraising:
click here to find
out what you can do.