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Cancer specialist at BMI The Three Shires Hospital urges women to check for one of the signs of ovarian cancer

Gynaecological cancer specialist, Mr Farhad  Alexander-Sefre from BMI Three Shires Hospital is urging women in Northamptonshire to be watchful for the symptoms of ovarian cancer.

Ovarian cancer – which affects the ovaries producing hormones and eggs – is the 5th most common cancer, with more than 7,100 new diagnoses in the UK each year. It’s more common in women who have been through the menopause and in women whose own relatives have also had it.

Mr Alexander-Sefre said that remaining vigilant and knowing the signs was a key factor in women seeking an early diagnosis.

“Sometimes these symptoms are dismissed by the woman because they are a bit vague, and indeed are not necessarily due to cancer” he said. “However, if they persist, become frequent or are getting worse – or new or unusual for the woman -  then it makes sense to get these checked.”

The symptoms are:

  • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
  • Persistent stomach pain
  • Persistant bloating
  • Needing to urinate more often
  • Changes to bowel habits

March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and the charity Target Ovarian Cancer is keen to highlight that this so-called Silent Killer is a misnomer and that early detection of the signs and early diagnosis are essential factors in treatment success rates.

For more information about ovarian cancer, visit https://www.bmihealthcare.co.uk/treatments/cancer-care/ovarian-cancer

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Cancer specialist at BMI The Three Shires Hospital urges women to check for one of the signs of ovarian cancer

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