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Women urged to be aware of ovarian cancer

Target Ovarian Cancer

Women have been warned to ensure that their GP is picking up on the possible symptoms of ovarian cancer during check ups.

According to the Target Ovarian Cancer charity, GPs can sometimes misdiagnose the gynaecological cancer.

The charity's research revealed that GPs' initial diagnoses of the cancer were primarily irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and urinary tract infections, which made up 28 per cent and 18 per cent of diagnoses respectively.

Annwen Jones, chief executive of Target Ovarian Cancer said: "There is, as yet, no proven screening test for ovarian cancer, but research has identified the most common symptoms and shown that they occur very frequently - almost daily.

"Our research tells us that 98 per cent of women do have symptoms, including those diagnosed at an early stage, but we also know that most women are just not aware that what they are feeling could signal ovarian cancer."

The charity also found that only four per cent of women were confident that they would notice a symptom of the cancer themselves.

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Cancer treatment news : 25 February 2010