Monday, 4 March 2013

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month - MARCH

Whilst I obviously applaud the way that the beauty industry got behind breast cancer and the huge event that is Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, I do rather feel that it has also had the disadvantage of completely overshadowing other cancers. For example, twice as many women die annually from lung cancer than breast cancer.

March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. How I wish for a sea of teal blue products on sale in beauty halls up and down the country - sadly I think that is a long way off - gynecological cancers are not 'pretty' causes. Does the fact that we are de-sensitised to breasts have anything to do with it? I don't know - all I know is that there are other cancers out there. And we need to be aware of the facts. And the symptoms:
  • Ovarian cancer is the fourth most common cause of cancer death in women and accounts for more UK deaths than all of the other gynaecological cancers put together
  • Over 6,500 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year in the UK and 4,400 will die.

The good news is that if diagnosed at an early stage, the outcome is good. However, because some of the symptoms of ovarian cancer are similar to those seen in more common conditions, it can be difficult to diagnose. Most women are not diagnosed until the disease has spread, which is why it is important that women know about the symptoms, so that they can seek advice as early as possible.
The key early signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer are:
  • persistent pelvic and abdominal pain
  • increased abdominal size/persistent bloating - not bloating that comes and goes
  • difficulty eating and feeling full quickly
  • urinary symptoms - needing to pass water more often than usual

It is most likely that these symptoms are not ovarian cancer but may be present in some women with the disease.
Ovacome has teamed with HealthUnlocked and Macmillan Cancer Support to create a unique way of raising awareness of the early signs of ovarian cancer. It's worth a few minutes of your time.
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  1. Great post, I was thinking the same not so long ago. Maybe its because we are so used to seeing breasts everywhere that companies feel breast cancer awareness month is more marketable? Just read this post out to my husband who didn't even realise there was an ovarian cancer awareness month, let alone when it was!

  2. Thank you for talking about this, anything below the belt is still a sensitive subject that most women don't like to talk about, I dread going to the doctor's for any examinations or pap smears. I think it makes a lot of women feel uncomfortable still.

    I think the best thing we can do is keep talking :o)

    Jac x0x

  3. Such a meaningful post. People do need to be made aware of other cancers. There are too many people losing their lives too soon due to this horrid disease. So thank you for taking the time to dedicate a post to it!

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  4. March is also Brain Tumour Awareness month, another woefully underfunded and undervalued cause.

    Every year there is a 4% increase in incidence of brain tumours. More people under 40 die of a brain tumour than from any other cancer, and 65% more women die of brain cancer than cervical cancer, not to mention the fact that it is often a very disruptive and distressing disease for family members who witness personality changes.

  5. Thank you for this. A family friend passed away last year from Ovarian Cancer and its something which I feel is so often forgotten about. Thank you for raising awareness x


    You have such a wonderful views. The combination of sociological forethought coupled with beauty product knowledge blows my mind. Are you wonder woman?


    The fact that you combine sociological forethought with wonderful beauty product knowledge blows my mind... are you wonder woman? Seriously?