Ovarian Cancer is the FOURTH most common cancer in women. However It kills more woman each year than cervical cancer. Ovarian cancer is not usually detected until advanced but cervical cancer is. It is because of the for the lack of screening that results in late diagnosis of OC and here is a la lack of awareness with 80% of woman not able to name the symptoms. The risk of developing OC increases over 50 and ALL woman reporting one or more symptoms, on a regular basis, are supposed to be referred for a CA125 blood test. As the CA 125 blood test is not always indicative I suspect this test is underutilised. I was not offered the test until in hospital for Massive Ascites where I eventually got my diagnosis. the CA125 Blood test was done at the end of my stay in hospital and was over 3k in numbers. NICE guidelines state woman who have IBS over 50 are unlikely to have new IBS for the first time yet the question my GP asked is 'did I have a change in bowel habit or had my bowel habits got worse' as I had reported ongoing IBS. I answeered the doctor's question honestly 'No, my problam is ongoing and is always 'diarrhoeaa, diarrhoeaa' Has anyone else any thoughts on what we can do to lobby for a screening programme?
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