This information explains what ovarian cancer is, the causes and risk factors for ovarian cancer, its symptoms and what is likely to happen to you if you are diagnosed with this type of cancer.

About Ovarian Cancer?

Ovarian cancer is most commonly the result of abnormal cell changes in the surface layer covering the ovaries, but does rarely occur in the membrane around the abdominal organs. Around 6,800 women a year are diagnosed with Ovarian cancer in the UK. It is more common in older women with 85% of cases occuring in women aged 50 and over . Find out more…

Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

If you are worried about ovarian cancer you can find information on the early signs and symptoms of the disease. Read more…

Diagnosing Ovarian Cancer

This page will give you an overview of the initial stages leading to a ovarian cancer diagnosis from your GP to the hospital for initial tests. Find out more…
If you have already been for initial tests and have been given a first diagnosis you can find out more about how ovarian cancer is staged and graded here…

Treating Ovarian Cancer

The section explains how your cancer treatment will be decided by you and your doctors. It also details the different types of cancer treatment, including their side effects and what they are used for.

Living with Ovarian Cancer

This page contains information and advice about some of the problems and concerns you might have if you are living with ovarian cancer.Read more…

Can I prevent Ovarian Cancer?

It is thought that diet can have a direct impact on your chances of developing many types of cancer. We recommend you:

  1. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables at every meal time.
  2. Eat organic foods whenever you can.
  3. Avoid processed foods and anything with extra preservatives/high salt content, especially meat products like sausages and frozen/ready meals e.g. pies and beefburgers.Cutting down on fattier cuts of meat is also wise e.g. bacon and organ meats such as liver. Fish and poultry are good alternatives to red meat, as are soya and quorn.
  4. Maintain healthy levels of iron through drinking prune juice, and eating bran flakes and beans.
  5. Don’t get stressed out. And when you do, try to manage it through meditation, going for a run or even a spot of kick-boxing?!
  6. Drink more water and less alcohol.

If you have any concerns about your health please consult a trained healthcare professional.

If you would like to learn more about Ovarian Cancer we suggest you visit the Target Ovarian Cancer website. Target Ovarian Cancer is the national ovarian cancer charity working to save lives and help women diagnosed live their lives to the full, wherever they are in the UK. They provide support for women with ovarian cancer via their website, publications, our programme of events and courses.