What you mean by ovarian awareness?
It is helpful for women to be aware of the signs of ovarian cancer which are:
- Increased abdominal size/significant bloating that doesn’t come and go
- Difficulty eating/feeling very full after a small meal
- Abdominal/pelvic pain
- Needing to pass urine more urgently or more frequently.
Most of the time people with these signs will not have cancer but it is always important to get them checked out.
Other risk factors for ovarian cancer: Diabetes, endometriosis, and ovarian cysts may increase the risk of ovarian cancer. Exposure to asbestos also increases the risk of ovarian cancer. Child birth, pregnancy and breast feeding lower the risk of ovarian cancer. Tubal ligation (female sterilisation) lowers the risk of ovarian cancer by 35%. In addition, oral contraceptives lower the risk of ovarian cancer by up to 50% when taken for 5 or more years.
Lifestyle factors and ovarian cancer: It is known that a healthy diet can promote good general health and lower the risk of cancer. In particular, consuming a diet high on fruit and vegetables and low in dietary fat as well as maintaining a normal body weight will lower the risk of ovarian cancer.