WOMEN across the borough are being encouraged to look out for the symptoms of ovarian cancer by health chiefs.
Wigan Council is supporting the national ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ ovarian cancer awareness campaign and there are around 33 new cases of ovarian cancer in the Wigan borough each year and 19 local women will die from the disease.
Director of public health, Professor Kate Ardern, said: “It is incredibly important for women to be aware of ovarian cancer symptoms. The earlier the disease is diagnosed the more treatable it is. The message to women in Wigan is if you feel bloated, most days, for three weeks or more, tell your doctor.
“Other symptoms include feeling full quickly or loss of appetite, pelvic or stomach pain, needing to urinate urgently or more frequently than normal, changes in bowel habit, extreme fatigue or feeling very tired regularly and unexplained weight loss. If you experience any of these symptoms seek medical advice from your doctor.”
For information visit www.nhs.uk/persistentbloating.