Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Story posted: 25.02.22

ovariancancerawarenessmonth

March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and local residents are campaigning to raise awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer by turning Harpenden Teal this March.

Many local businesses, including Ashtons, will be supporting the campaign in various ways so do keep your eyes peeled for a bounty of 'teal appeal' in the coming weeks. 

All proceeds from the fundraiser will be donated to Target Ovarian Cancer, the UK's leading ovarian cancer charity. Donate to the fundraiser here.

11 women die every day in the UK from ovarian cancer. Let's all help spread awareness by Turning Harpenden Teal. 

The symptoms of ovarian cancer include: 

  • Persistent bloating – not bloating that comes and goes
  • Feeling full quickly and/or loss of appetite
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain (that's your tummy and below)
  • Urinary symptoms (needing to wee more urgently or more often than usual)

Occasionally there can be other symptoms:

  • Changes in bowel habit (eg diarrhoea or constipation)
  • Extreme fatigue (feeling very tired)
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Any bleeding after the menopause should always be investigated by a GP

If you regularly experience any one or more of these symptoms, which aren't normal for you, it's important that you book an appointment with your GP. It's unlikely that your symptoms are caused by a serious problem, but it's important to get checked out.

You can find out more about ovarian cancer and its symptoms here.


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