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Ovarian Cancer Awareness month

 Debby Holloway 14 Mar 2018

Despite advances in treatment and care, ovarian cancer remains one of the biggest causes of death from gynaecological cancers in women. 

Ovarian cancer awareness month
One hundred and forty two women a week are diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
 
Diagnosis is difficult and more than three quarters of women are diagnosed when the cancer has already spread.
 
How can we help?
We can raise awareness among nurses, colleagues and women. Research from cancer charities has shown that only 4% of women are confident identifying the symptoms of ovarian cancer.
 
But that’s not all, 41% of women with ovarian cancer reported having to visit their GP three times or more before being referred for diagnostic tests.

We should all know the signs and symptoms:

Bloating and increase in abdominal size
Difficulty eating and feeling full
Pelvic pain 
Frequency of urination
Weight loss
Changes in bowels
 

Visit www.ocam.org.uk to find out more and support ovarian cancer awareness month.

Debby Holloway

Debby Holloway

Chair of the RCN Women's Health Forum

Nurse consultant in gynaecology

Debby Holloway works at Guys and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London. Her current clinical caseload is one-stop outpatient procedure clinics, mainly outpatient hysteroscopy, other clinics include menopause, and a joint clinic in the haemophilia centre for women with bleeding disorders and gynaecology problems.
In 2016 Debby received an honorary fellowship to the RCOG, the first nurse to receive this and is a fellow of the RCN.