Women miss signs of ovarian cancer
OVER 75pc of women in Ireland with ovarian cancer are presenting at stage three because they are not aware of the danger signs and that figure has not changed for 20 years.
There’s no screening test for this cancer and the vast majority are sporadic cases.
Ovarian cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women in Ireland.
Each year some 350 Irish women are diagnosed and currently the incidence rate is 24pc higher than the EU average.
Ovarian cancer mainly affects women who have been through the menopause, (usually over the age of 50), but it can sometimes affect younger women. Common symptoms of ovarian cancer include: • feeling constantly bloated, or a swollen tummy • discomfort in your tummy or pelvic area • feeling full quickly when eating • needing to urinate more often than normal The symptoms are not always easy to recognise because they’re similar to those of some more common conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Better access to genetic testing could prevent an estimated 15pc of all cases of ovarian cancer caused by the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic mutations.
Actress Angelina Jolie had her ovaries removed after discovering she carries a faulty BRCA1 gene.