World Ovarian Cancer Day 2019

Published: 08 May 2019

May 8th is World Ovarian Cancer Day.  Please share this blog to spread the word of the signs – because whether you’re based in the UK or anywhere else in the world, it’s important be aware of what is sometimes termed the ‘silent killer’. You could save a life!

Did you know that most women do not know much about ovarian cancer and less than a third are confident they know what the symptoms are? And did you know that nearly half of doctors mistakenly believe symptoms only present in the later stages of ovarian cancer! 

A woman’s chance of surviving ovarian cancer for five years or more doubles from just 46 per cent to more than 90 per cent if caught in its earlier states – so make sure you know what to watch out for.

The facts

Although figures and statistics do vary slightly from country to country, here are some average ones…

These are the reasons why it is so important to arm yourself with the facts and help educate others.

The symptoms

Symptoms of ovarian cancer are persistent and frequent, you will usually be experiencing symptoms more than 12 times a month. 

They include:

If you are experiencing these symptoms in combination or on a regular basis, make an appointment with your doctor immediately.

Diagnosing ovarian cancer

Tests and procedures used to diagnose ovarian cancer include:

If the tests confirm that you do have ovarian cancer, your doctor will use information from your tests and procedures to assign your cancer a stage. The stages of ovarian cancer are indicated using Roman numerals ranging from I to IV, with the lowest stage indicating that the cancer is confined to the ovaries. By stage IV, the cancer has spread to distant areas of the body.

Treating ovarian cancer

Patients diagnosed with ovarian cancer will usually be given a combination of surgery and chemotherapy treatments:

For early stage cancer which hasn’t spread beyond the ovary, surgery may involve removing the affected ovary and its fallopian tube.

Having a risk factor, or even many, does not mean that you will get the disease. And some people who get the disease may not have any known risk factors.


If you’ve been affected by ovarian cancer, or any other type of cancer, join the Facebook Chemotherapy Support Group where there are thousands of people offering support and advice.

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