This month is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month where we raise awareness of ovarian cancer and the symptoms of the disease.
Ovarian cancer can be difficult to diagnose at an early stage, largely because symptoms can be vague and similar to those of other common illnesses. Possible symptoms may include one or more of the following:
- pressure, discomfort or pain in the abdomen or pelvis
- swollen or bloated abdomen
- appetite loss or feeling full quickly
- changes in toilet habits (e.g. constipation, diarrhoea, passing urine often due to pressure, increased flatulence)
- heartburn and nausea
- unexplained weight loss or weight gain
- changes in menstrual pattern or bleeding after menopause
- pain during sex
If these symptoms are new for you or continue for a few weeks, make an appointment with your general practitioner (GP). Having these symptoms does not necessarily mean you have cancer, but it is best to have a check-up.
For more information about the early detection of ovarian cancer click here.
For people affected by ovarian cancer, Cancer Council ACT has a range of support and information available, including our:
For more information on ovarian cancer and other support available call 13 11 20.