March marks Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and GPs in Mid Powys are urging women not to ignore the signs of the disease.

Ovarian cancer, though less talked about, is the sixth most common cancer in women, with approximately 7,500 new cases diagnosed in the UK each year, equating to 21 diagnoses every day.

Recognising the importance of early detection, healthcare professionals are highlighting the key symptoms associated with ovarian cancer.

Persistent bloating, persistent stomach pain, needing to urinate more frequently or urgently, and difficulty eating or feeling full more quickly are the primary indicators. Additional symptoms may include indigestion, back pain, extreme fatigue, changes in bowel habits, post-menopausal vaginal bleeding, and unexplained weight loss.

Gareth Ratcliffe, PAVO health Promotions facilitator representing GP in Mid-Powys, said: "Many women will experience these symptoms occasionally, and benign conditions often cause them. However, when these symptoms persist or worsen, it's crucial to consult with your GP for proper evaluation.

“Early detection can significantly improve treatment outcomes and ultimately save lives. Ovarian cancer is known as the ‘silent killer’ because symptoms can often be vague and easily overlooked. By raising awareness and promoting early detection, we can make strides in combating this disease."

Throughout Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Mid Powys GPs are committed to providing education, support, and resources to women in the community. Together, they strive to reduce the impact of ovarian cancer and improve outcomes for all affected individuals.

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