March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

4th March 2022

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There were 198 cases of ovarian cancer diagnosed in Northern Ireland in 2017. Most cases of ovarian cancer (but not all) are diagnosed in women who have gone through ‘the change of life’ or menopause. The earlier ovarian cancer is detected, the easier it is to treat and the better chance of survival. Some of the symptoms of ovarian cancer are similar to those seen in more common conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, so GPs may find it hard to diagnose. It is important to remember that cervical screening tests (smear tests) will not help to detect ovarian cancer.

There are a number of websites that provide information relating to ovarian cancer, these include:

This is not an exhaustive list and other sources of support in Northern Ireland can also be accessed via Northern Ireland Cancer Network(link is external).