Ovarian cancer affects 6,800 women every year in the UK, but many women are diagnosed too late because the symptoms can be vague and non-specific and the disease is often mis-diagnosed for common complaints such as IBS or the effects of the menopause. The symptoms are there however if you know what to look for.
As it is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month , Ovacome, the ovarian cancer charity and support network, has launched two new campaigns this month. The first empowers women to look after themselves, the second allows them to help others.
Ovacome has launched an online symptoms tracker that women can use to accurately record their symptoms and track them over a period of two weeks or more. The tool was designed by gynaecological specialists and GPs to make sure it does not scare women unnecessarily, but will alert women to visit their GP if there is cause for concern. If this is the case, women can print off a detailed report of their symptoms and take it along to their GP.
Ovacome's Teal Tips campaign. Women are being asked to paint their nails in teal to prompt conversations about the symptoms of ovarian cancer - BEAT spells these out: B - is for bloating, E - is for eating less, A - is for abdominal pain, T - is for talk to your GP. Women can support Ovacome by buying OPI's Ski Teal We Drop in March and the leading professional nailcare brand will donate £1 for every bottle sold to Ovacome. Buy the nail varnish at http://www.lenawhite.co.uk/ or for help and support with ovarian cancer visit http://www.ovacome.org.uk/.
for more information : http://www.beatonline.info/
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