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Women 'need to know ovarian cancer symptoms'

Ovarian cancer treatment and screening needs to be incorporated with an increased awareness of the disease's symptoms if lives are to be saved.

Robert Marsh, The Eve Appeal's chief executive officer, said that early diagnosis can vastly improve the quality of treatment women receive, but too few know the symptoms and as a result, the illness is often allowed to develop.

He stated the symptoms included digestive and urinary tract problems, such as feeling full and needing to pass water urgently and frequently; persistent pelvic pain and increased abdominal size.

However, he did accept that the disease deserves its title as the silent killer, as often these symptoms are associated with other more mundane ailments.

Mr Marsh hopes Ovarian Cancer Month, held throughout March, will get women talking about the disease, which is the second most common gynaecological cancer in the UK, with 126 new cases every week according to Cancer Research UK.

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