Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month takes place every March and Martin Whitfield MSP is again supporting efforts to promote awareness of its symptoms.
Around 600 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year in Scotland and yet symptoms awareness remains worryingly low with just 23 per cent of women able to name bloating as a symptom.
Awareness of symptoms is key to improving early diagnosis, but charities like Target Ovarian Cancer are also keen to address the misconceptions around ovarian cancer to ensure more women experiencing symptoms visit their GP.
Commenting on his support for the awareness campaign, Martin Whitfield MSP said:
“March marks Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and I’m joining Target Ovarian Cancer to share the symptoms of ovarian cancer and raise public awareness.
“Around 600 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer in Scotland each year. Early diagnosis saves lives and it is vital everyone knows the symptoms to look out for.”
Symptoms associated with ovarian cancer can include:
– Bloating
– Feeling full
– Pelvic or abdominal pain
– Needing to wee more