Over 20 women a year are dying of ovarian cancer in Doncaster
Over 20 Doncaster women are dying from ovarian cancer every year, prompting a local health worker to issue a timely reminder of the warning signs to look out for.
Yasmin McMath, from Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The symptoms of ovarian cancer can be very vague, particularly when the disease is in its early stages. Unfortunately, it is often diagnosed at a later stage, when survival is at its lowest.”
Yasmin has been using March’s Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month to encourage local women to see their doctor if they have any of these signs and symptoms: loss of appetite; feeling full quickly when eating; pain / discomfort in your tummy (abdomen) or lower part of your abdomen that doesn't go away; discomfort in your pelvic area; feeling constantly bloated; an increase in the size of your abdomen (swollen tummy); needing to wee more often or more urgently than usual.
Yasmin, a support worker with Doncaster’s Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Service, said: “We offer help to people affected by cancer, including information and emotional and practical support. We also provide information about the signs and symptoms of a range of cancers and how to reduce the risk of getting them. Ring us on 01302 796853 or email: rdash.macmillan-info-doncaster.nhs.net.”
Of the 127 Doncaster women who died from ovarian cancer in the last six years, 79 were aged over 70 and 48 were between 40 and 69 years old.
Dr Rupert Suckling, Doncaster’s Director of Public Health, said: “If you are worried about any of the possible signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, please see your GP straight away.”