Pharmacists have a vitally important role to play in the early detection of cancer by raising awareness of the signs and symptoms in patients, some of whom may be self-medicating for unrecognised symptoms.
Today sees the start of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. When a woman is diagnosed at the earliest stage, her chance of surviving ovarian cancer for five years or more doubles from just 46 per cent to more than 90 per cent
If you’d like to find out more about ovarian cancer, take a look at our quick reference guide, endorsed by BOPA and ovarian cancer charity Ovacome, which provides all the information you need to give advice to patients.
Key symptoms of ovarian cancer are persistent pelvic and abdominal pain, increased abdominal size and/or persistent bloating, difficulty eating and feeling full more quickly. This means women often buy diuretics or medication for IBS before they receive a diagnosis.