Clare 5K – Let’s make some noise

It’s the Clare 5K today!

As Up & Runners far and wide trot ’round to celebrate the life of our friend Clare, we wanted to talk a little more about ovarian cancer and its symptoms.

Throughout March, Target Ovarian Cancer is running its #StartMakingNoise campaign, to raise awareness of the symptoms:

“Ovarian cancer can be devastating. Far too many women are diagnosed too late, once the cancer has already spread, making treatment more difficult.

When a woman is diagnosed at the earliest stage, her chance of surviving ovarian cancer for five years or more doubles from just 46 per cent to more than 90 per cent.

With your support, we can get more women diagnosed sooner and save lives.”

In the spirit of #StartMakingNoise we thought we’d share some info…

What are the symptoms?

  • Persistent pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Increased abdominal size/persistent bloating – not bloating that comes and goes
  • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
  • Needing to pee more urgently or more often than usual

Occasionally there can be other symptoms such as changes in bowel habits, extreme fatigue (feeling very tired), unexplained weight loss or loss of appetite. Any post-menopausal bleeding should always be investigated by a GP.

Ovarian Cancer symptoms

Symptoms will be:

  • Frequent – they usually happen more than 12 times a month
  • Persistent – they don’t go away
  • New – they are not normal for you and may have started in the last year

If you regularly experience any of these symptoms – and they are not normal for you – visit your GP. It is unlikely that your symptoms are caused by a serious problem, but it is important to get checked out.

Information courtesy of Target Ovarian Cancer. If you’d like more information check out TOC’s symptoms leaflet and their website.

A huge and heartfelt thanks to everyone taking part in the Clare 5K

… and for all your generous donations. We have smashed our fundraising target… woohoo!

Ovarian Cancer in numbers