Ovarian cancer campaign launched

Published on: Tuesday, 11-February-2014

 

Feeling bloated most days for three weeks or more is the focus of a new Be Clear on Cancer campaign being launched by Public Health England in the North West this week.

The campaign aims to increase awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer and encourage women to see their doctor if they spot any signs.

Finding ovarian cancer early makes it more treatable.

The five-week campaign, which started on 10 February, will see adverts running on TV, radio and in the press in the North West television region. There will also be face-to-face events taking place in public places, including shopping centres in the region.

A team of staff, including a nurse, will be on-hand to speak to residents, advise on the symptoms and hand out leaflets.  The team will be in Knowsley on:-

24 to 26 February 2014 at The Prescot Centre, Aspinall Street, Prescot

27 February to 1 March 2014 in Huyton Town Centre, Huyton

Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health in Knowsley, said “Through this campaign and the activities in the town centres, we are helping to raise awareness of this important issue.  I would encourage our residents to drop-in at one of the events and ensure they are familiar with the symptoms to look out for.  If you are displaying any of the symptoms, please make an appointment to see your GP.”

Possible symptoms of ovarian cancer include:

  • Bloating, most days, for three weeks or more
  • Feeling full quickly or loss of appetite
  • Pelvic or stomach pain
  • Urinating more frequently than normal
  • Changes in bowel habit
  • Extreme fatigue/ feeling very tired
  • Unexplained weight loss