September is Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month. In the UK, there are around 41,000 people living with ovarian cancer and it is the sixth most common cancer in women*, yet many people still don't know the four main symptoms to look out for.

Ovarian cancer can affect anyone who was born with ovaries. If you have had your ovaries removed then your risk is significantly reduced, but it is not completely eliminated. You can find information about ovarian cancer for trans men, non-binary people, and intersex people here.

Earlier diagnosis can lead to better treatment outcomes. Unfortunately there is currently no screening test for ovarian cancer (it won't be detected by a smear test), so it's incredibly important for anyone who was born with ovaries to be aware of the symptoms and speak to their doctor when they notice any unusual changes in their body.

This September, you can help to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer by sharing our awareness video.



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The symptoms of ovarian cancer vary from person to person and they can be vague. Please do remember that it is much more likely that these symptoms will be due to something less serious, but it's important to speak to your doctor if you experience any symptoms that are persistent and unusual for you.

You can download our B.E.A.T. symptom diary here. You may find it helpful to keep a record of your symptoms every day for a few weeks, then take the diary with you when you go to see your GP.

If you have questions about ovarian cancer symptoms, or just want to talk things though with a member of our team, get in touch on 0800 008 7054, or email [email protected] , or use the pink instant chat box at the bottom of your screen.

Find out more about ovarian cancer symptoms here.


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