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World Ovarian Cancer Day

As many of our ovarian cancer travel insurance customers will know, 8th May marks World Ovarian Cancer Day.  The day is for ovarian cancer organisations around the world to unite and educate their communities about ovarian cancers and its symptoms.
Every woman is at risk of ovarian cancer, and as the most dangerous gynaecological disease, World Ovarian Cancer Day provides opportunities for women around the globe to raise awareness of the condition. Effecting more than 6,500 women in the UK each year, it’s the fifth most common cancer but unlike other cancers, it’s far harder to detect – which is a challenge globally. 
World Ovarian Cancer Day includes representatives from support groups, charities and patient organisations coming together to discuss how to overcome some of the common everyday issues they face. The significant challenges those suffering the disease face are largely overlooked and severely underfunded – with things such as symptoms being difficult to diagnose and treatment  when the condition is advanced.
There is not an easy test like a mammogram or smear test to act as an early warning sign. The symptoms of ovarian cancer are similar to those of less serious illnesses, therefore it tends to be diagnosed later resulting in harsher or more radical treatments and poorer outcomes.
Education of symptoms is one of the most important elements in fighting ovarian cancer which is why this global day of awareness is so important.  So today please make sure you make at least 5 of your female friends aware of the symptoms of ovarian cancer.
The symptoms are:
·         Increased abdominal size/persistent bloating (not bloating that comes and goes)
·         Difficulty eating/feeling full quickly
·         Abdominal or pelvic pain
·         Needing to pass urine more urgently or more frequently
There is more information about ovarian cancer and its symptoms on the Target Ovarian Cancer web site.
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