Cancer campaign to protect women

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HEALTH experts are raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer.

March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and bosses at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust are urging women to look out for signs of the illness, which affects around 6,500 people a year.

Symptoms include persistent pelvic or abdominal pain, abdominal bleeding or difficulty eating and feeling full quickly.

Other signs include bladder and bowel symptoms, extreme fatigue and unexplained weight loss.

Sandeep Sharma, consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology, women with the symptoms should see their GP.

He said: “Ovarian cancer symptoms can be vague and often difficult to diagnose, but if this type of cancer is diagnosed early, the outcome is good.

“Last year we saw about 45 women with ovarian cancer and by working with our partners in the Yorkshire Cancer Network, we ensure our patients received the best available treatment in the most suitable location.”

A support group called Women’s Association of Gynaecology Support (WAGS) meets monthly. For more information, call Keely Clawson on 07770 856702 or Jodie Eastwood on 07595 525153.

Mid Yorkshire also runs a Cancer Partnership Group for former patients and carers. Meetings are held every two months. For more information e-mail cancerpartnership@ midyorks.nhs.uk