Key symptoms of ovarian cancer are being ignored

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A new survey shows that less than two in 10 women say they would book an urgent GP appointment if they were experiencing persistent bloating, which is a key symptom of ovarian cancer.  Photo: Pexels

(Katy Harrington/ Stylist) — Women’s lives are being put at risk because urgent cancer symptoms are being overlooked during the pandemic, according to new research by the UK’s leading ovarian cancer charity.

A warning has been issued by Target Ovarian Cancer ahead of ovarian cancer month in March. A new survey shows that less than two in 10 women (17%) say they would book an urgent GP appointment (within a week) if they were experiencing persistent bloating.

This is not the case with other, better known cancer symptoms such as an unexplained lump, or a mole that has changed shape, with over 50% of women saying they would take those symptoms seriously and get to their GP within a week. (…)

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