Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group supports World Ovarian Cancer Day

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NHS Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group is supporting World Ovarian Cancer Day on Friday.

In the UK, around 7,100 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year and it is the fifth most common cancer affecting women.

It is most common in women who have been through the menopause, usually over the age of 50, although it can affect women of any age.

Many of the symptoms of ovarian cancer are similar to those of other conditions making it sometimes difficult to recognise. However, there are early symptoms to look out for, such as persistent bloating, pain in the pelvis and lower stomach, and difficulty eating.

Dr Nicola Smith said: “The exact cause of ovarian cancer is unknown, but certain things are thought to increase a woman’s risk of developing the condition, such as age, the number of eggs the ovaries release and whether someone in your family has had ovarian or breast cancer in the past.

“However, only 1 in 10 cases of ovarian cancer has a genetic link.

“If anyone experiences any of the symptoms listed then they should contact their GP, particularly if these symptoms have persisted over a long period of time.”

Screening for ovarian cancer is currently only available for women who are at high risk of developing the condition due to a strong family history or inheritance of a particular faulty gene.