Ovarian Cancer Risk

Women in Norfolk and Suffolk are being warned about the risks of ovarian cancer.

The disease remains widely unknown among women despite being twice as common and four times more likely to kill than cervical cancer.

The UK has one of the worst survival rates in the western world with around 12 women dying everyday from the illness. 74% of women in Norwich have never been given any information about ovarian cancer and many are unaware that a cervical smear will not detect signs of disease.

The sixth annual Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month aims to develop people’s knowledge of the illness and advise them on the early signs of the cancer. 90% of women will survive if it is diagnosed in the early stages, so it is vitally important that women contact their doctor with any concerns they may have.