March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Three quarters of women are diagnosed once the cancer has already spread, making treatment more difficult. That is why awareness is so important, to drive forward improvements in detection, treatment and ultimately survival. Make sure you are familiar with the symptoms of Ovarian cancer, if you regularly experience any of these symptoms, which are not normal for you, it is important that you see your GP. It is unlikely that your symptoms are caused by a serious problem, but it is important to be checked out.

Symptoms Include:

Persistant Abdominal Pain

Persistant Bloating

Difficulty Eating or feeling full

Needing to wee more urgently


Gynaecological cancers and their signs and symptoms are too-little known, often stigmatised and not talked about enough. We must make sure that women feel empowered to speak out about the disease – with friends, family and healthcare professionals. Early detection is key, and with so few women in the UK confident of spotting a symptom of ovarian cancer – we’ve clearly got some work to do here. That’s one of the big jobs that we share with all the ovarian charities and support groups. So let’s all do something today that can change things. Let’s open up about ovarian cancer, for women today and for women of the future.

 

Our Velindre Aphrodite Appeal funds Gynaecalogical cancer research and treatment at Velindre. Gynaecological cancers affect the female reproductive tract, most frequently the ovaries, the womb or the cervix. Gynaecological cancers can affect women of every age and from every walk of life. Despite advances in recent years, with more women surviving longer, gynaecological cancers remain a significant health problem for many women. With many new developments in cancer treatments, we need to continually review and improve the services we provide. The last few years have seen big changes in the way that radiotherapy can be planned and delivered, and The Aphrodite Appeal will help us to focus on the development of our radiotherapy treatments for gynaecological cancers. It will also provide educational grants for advanced training for doctors, nurses, radiographers, pharmacists and other health professionals, to ensure our staff remain completely up to date and ready to take on the challenges that new treatments can bring. Funding new equipment will also facilitate these advances.

We're very lucky to have such wonderful supporters of our Aphrodite Appeal- If you'd like to be one of them, please get in touch today. 

Take a look at http://ocam.org.uk/ for extra support and information.

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Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

March 16, 2016