Although ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cancer for women in the UK, few of us actually know how to spot the signs of the disease. So ovarian cancer charity, Ovacome, have this month launched a brand new campaign that aims to get us talking about the symptoms and raising awareness of ovarian cancer, particularly with our daughters.
Scientists have recently found out that genes are a big risk factor for ovarian cancer, making it more vital than ever that mums are passing on information to their children that could help protect them in future.
All they're asking is for you to post a selfie of you with your daughter on Twitter using the hashtag #TellYourDaughter, promising that you'll share the symptoms of ovarian cancer and then donate £2 to Ovacome by texting OCAM00, followed by £2 to 70070. Then nominate a friend and a fellow mum or grandparent to do the same.
If you're only on Facebook, you can also join in the campaign. Just mention @Ovacome in your post, include the #TellYourDaughter campaign hashtag and link to this page.
A whole host of celebrity mothers have already joined in on the campaign, sharing their mother-daughter pics on social media to shout out loud about the symptoms of this little-known disease. There's been tweets from former health minister Edwina Currie, comedian Jenny Eclair, former Liberty X singer Michelle Heaton and TV presenter Lorraine Kelly, who have all pledged their support of spreading the word on ovarian cancer.
At the moment, there is no national screening programme to detect ovarian cancer. Many women often mistakenly think that a smear test can pick it up, but this isn't the case. Instead it's up to women to be aware of their bodies and try to take note of subtle changes that may be signs of ovarian cancer.
The best way to look for the symptoms of ovarian cancer is to follow the BEAT test:
B is for bloating- do you feel bloated all the time? Is your tummy larger even though you haven't put on any weight?
E is for eating less and feeling fuller- have you lost your appetite yet always feel full?
A is for abdominal pain- have you a pain in your pelci area or tummy?
T is for telling your GP- if you have several of these symptoms frequently (more than 12 times a month), it's time to visit your doctor. It may not be ovarian cancer but it's crucial to get it ruled out first. As with all cancers, the sooner the signs are spotted and you do somethign about it, the better.
So grab your smart phone, take a pic and get sharing to help beat ovarian cancer this March!
Images: from Ovacome
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