Busting Myths about Pap Smears and Ovarian cancer on Symptom Sunday

Think you’re being tested for Ovarian cancer when you have a pap smear? Then think again. There is no national screening test for ovarian cancer.

Sadly over 30% of women believe they are getting screen for ovarian cancer when they have a pap smear. This is not true. With no national screening test the best way is to be aware of the symptoms.

If any of the symptoms are new to you and persist more than two weeks, make an appointment with your GP.

Symptoms are often subtle or can be mistaken for other ailments

  • Bloating, increased abdominal size
  • Having trouble eating or feeling full quickly
  • Pelvic, abdominal or back pain
  • Menstrual changes
  • Feeling the need to urinate urgently or often
  • Unexplained fatigue
  • Unexpected changes in bowel habits
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