NAWP produces factsheet to mark Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month takes place in the UK every March and is an opportunity to raise awareness of ovarian cancer.

Mon 15th March 2021 The PDA

Ovarian cancer is one of the biggest gynaecological killers of women in the UK, with UK survival rates among the worst in Europe.

Each day in the UK, around 20 cases of ovarian cancer are diagnosed. The lifetime risk for women is about 1 in 52.

Early symptoms of ovarian cancer tend to be vague and non-specific and are common to many other less serious conditions, such as bloating.

Late diagnosis of ovarian cancer is a major issue for those with ovarian cancer and their families. When diagnosed at the earliest stage, the chance of surviving for five years or more doubles.

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month gives us all an opportunity to come together to make women and healthcare professionals more aware of the symptoms and the importance of early diagnosis.

Women are usually born with ovaries. Transgender men, non-binary and intersex people may also have ovaries. All people with ovaries are at risk of ovarian cancer regardless of their age, with incidence rates being highest in those over the age of 50.

To coincide with Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, the National Association of Women Pharmacists (NAWP) has produced a factsheet.

Download the factsheet here

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