According to a new research, women may be suffering from ovarian cancer without even knowing it.
A study completed by the Target Ovarian Cancer (TOC) shared on Monday found that instead of visiting a physician after feeling symptoms including bloating and fullness, women are more likely to simply change their diets. By just switching to eating probiotic yogurts or leaving out gluten from their diets, women are putting themselves at risk, because persistent bloating can be a sign of ovarian cancer. According to the TOC, ovarian cancer symptoms include a bloated stomach, more frequent urination, continued feelings of fullness and stomach pain.
Our report out today – UK women are more likely to change what they eat when facing bloating than go to a GP with their concerns https://t.co/4GYkCLH4L8
Make sure you know the symptoms of ovarian cancer. pic.twitter.com/WH5isRXXBL
— TargetOvarianCancer (@TargetOvarian) February 20, 2018
The research, which took place in the U.K., found that 50 percent of women opted to change their diets, while only 34 percent would see their doctors over concerns about bloating. Additionally, women over age 55, who have a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer, were more likely to look up their symptoms online instead of seeing a professional.
Concerning statistics today in new report by @TargetOvarian – Only a third of women would see a doctor when they experience a major symptom of ovarian cancer.
— Sharon Hodgson MP (@SharonHodgsonMP) February 20, 2018
After the TOC published their findings online, one woman responded with a story of her own mother, who’d believed her symptoms of ovarian cancer had actually been Irritable Bowl Syndrome (IBS) or urinary tract infections.
— Claire Kearney (@ClaireRKearney) February 20, 2018
The newly released report is meant to raise awareness for the disease, which, according to the American Cancer Society, is the fifth ranking cause of death among women. Women have a 1 in 79 chance of developing ovarian cancer and a 1 in 108 risk of dying as a result, although the rate of women being diagnosed with it has fallen over the past two decades.
— Carol Bewick (@BewickCarol) February 20, 2018