ovarian cancer awareness month
But herein lies the problem. Symptoms to some pretty sinister conditions are not always sinister in and of themselves. Take ovarian cancer, for example. The main symptoms are persistent tummy pain, persistent bloating, feeling full very quickly when eating and need to wee more often. They're not exactly alarming are they?
With SRE being made compulsory in schools by 2019, hopefully people will become more aware of gynecological conditions at a younger age. By normalising the way we discuss gynecological issues and talk about vaginas, hopefully people will feel more confident and will be proactive about taking control of their sexual health.
The internet told me you were most likely to get ovarian cancer if you were over 50, obese, hadn't had children, hadn't taken the pill, hadn't breast fed and they even mentioned being tall as a possible contributing factor. I am a diminutive 5ft 2ins, and it seemed I was safe on every count.
Every two hours, every day, in the UK a woman dies from ovarian cancer. That's 12 - mothers, daughters and friends - and it's definitely 12 women too many. Over 7,000 women a year receive a diagnosis of ovarian cancer, and of that, what's really brutal, is that over 4,300 will die within five years.
Almost half of women incorrectly believe that smear tests can detect ovarian cancer, a charity has warned. Target Ovarian
According to a study by the Ovarian Cancer Action, ovarian cancer survival rates for British women lag behind the rest of