Be Aware Of Possible Signs And Symptoms Of Ovarian Cancer

Shutterstock / Sohel Parvez Haque © 'Ovarian cancer' spelled with colourful letters on a table with a doctor's stethoscope

Covid has changed the way we use our GP service. Many of us are reluctant to bother busy doctors. However, everyone should be aware of possible signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer and don’t hesitate to book a GP appointment if you’re worried. Above all, don’t let embarrassment hold you back from seeking medical advice.

Our health writer, Jackie Mitchell, finds out more about ovarian cancer in particular in our October 8 issue of “The People’s Friend”. She speaks to Marie-Claire Platt, Head of Public Affairs and Research at Ovarian Cancer Action. And Marie-Claire provides information on possible signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer.

Be Aware Of The Possible Signs And Symptoms Of Ovarian Cancer

  • Stomach pain and bloating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Feeling full quickly when eating
  • Weight loss
  • Needing to wee more frequently
  • Back pain
  • Changes in bowel habits
  • Extreme fatigue

The NHS and cancer charities say it remains vital to contact your GP promptly about warning signs.

And it’s wise to take up any tests or screenings that are offered, such as smear or bowel tests. This is because these tests are designed to pick up early signs of cancer in people who are not showing any symptoms. And you can check what screenings are available in various areas of the UK at

It’s also wise to regularly check your breasts for any unusual lumps or other signs, and details of how to do this can be found here.

Cancer treatments are improving all the time and the sooner cancer is caught the easier it is to treat.

More information about ovarian cancer can be found here. While there’s lots more information and advice about the five gynaecological cancers, in particular, at And Cancer Research UK gives a guide to signs and symptoms of various other cancers, here.

Cover of The People's Friend Oct 8 issue graphic

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You can read more Health advice on our website, and about ovarian cancer in the latest issue of the “Friend”. Available now in most major supermarkets and newsagents or soon to buy online. To make sure you never miss an issue, you can subscribe to “The People’s Friend” to get every issue delivered to your door.

Yvonne McKenzie

Yvonne works on the Features team and admits to being nosy, so loves looking after the Between Friends letters and finding out all about our lovely readers. She also looks after our health copy and enjoys writing about inspiring people that help make the articles in the magazine so interesting.