WOMEN can give themselves a fighting chance against ovarian cancer if they report their symptoms early say experts in Worcestershire.

March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and health experts from NHS England in Worcestershire are encouraging women to see a health professional early if they experience any symptoms.

Cancer of the ovary affects more than 6,500 women each year in the UK and is the fifth most common cancer among women. The early symptoms of ovarian cancer include:

• Persistent bloating

• Pain in the pelvis and lower stomach

• Difficulty eating.

By visiting a health professional early or by calling NHS 111 if these symptoms are detected patients will be give themselves the best chance of getting early treatment and making a full recovery.

Dr Martin Lee from NHS England, in Arden, Herefordshire and Worcestershire said.

“Spotting the symptoms of ovarian cancer and getting help early can be vital in getting the right treatment quickly.

"Women should check for any symptoms of ovarian cancer and if they have any worries or concerns they should either call NHS 111 or see a health professional. Ovarian cancer is most common in women who have already been through the menopause but it can affect women of any age.”

NHS England has recently launched ‘The earlier the better’ public awareness campaign, which is designed to encourage people to seek medical advice if they have any worries or concerns about cancer. Early diagnosis of cancer can increase your chance of long term survival.