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The Chronicle: Ovarian Cancer Month

Myth busted. 

Pap smears do not detect ovarian cancer. 

This Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, please get to know the four common symptoms of ovarian cancer. This is the most lethal of female cancers, but early detection can save your life. 

Women who are diagnosed in the early stages of ovarian cancer have an 80 percent of living more than five years. 

Unfortunately, 75 percent of women are diagnosed in the late stages, and only 43 percent live after five years of diagnosis. 

That’s why it’s important to take notice of the early signs:

  • Abdominal or pelvic pain.
  • Increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal bloating.
  • Needing to urinate often or urgently.
  • Feeling full after eating a small amount.

If you have any of these symptoms, they are new for you and you have experiencedthem multiple times during a four week period, please go to your GP and visit