What are the main symptoms of ovarian cancer?
Two friends weren’t diagnosed until fairly late in its course, and I don’t want that to happen to me or my daughters. My mother’s sister died from it. Early symptoms are unfortunately relatively vague and very similar to those of irritable bowel or menstrual fluid retention. The best advice comes from a group of experts supported by the Eve Appeal and Ovacome, a patients’ support group. They list pelvic and abdominal pain, increasing waist measurements, persistent bloating, difficulty in eating and feeling full all the time as symptoms given by women who were later found to have ovarian cancer. With your family history, let your doctor know about your fears. Survival rates are improving – 90% of women diagnosed early survive for more than five years. We’re travelling to south-east Asia. What foods should we avoid to prevent us getting diarrhoea? Raw or undercooked meat, fish and shellfish, unpasteurised dairy products, tap water and ice cubes, cold sauces, greens, cooked food that’s be