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Persistent Bloating Is A Cancer Symptom. Here's When To Get Help

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Everybody bloats. But what happens when your bloated stomach doesn’t seem to be disappearing and you’re not even eating any more than usual?

Persistent bloating is a cancer symptom which many women are unaware of. In fact, fewer than one in five women (17%) would book an urgent GP appointment if they were experiencing it, according to a poll by Target Ovarian Cancer.

In contrast, with other cancer symptoms – such as an unexplained lump or a mole that has changed shape – more than 50% of women would get to their GP within a week.

The charity has warned that lives are at risk because women are not getting urgent cancer symptoms checked during the pandemic.

Della Ogunleye, 59, from south London, experienced persistent bloating for a few months before she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

“At first I didn’t think it was serious,” she tells HuffPost UK. “I self-diagnosed the bloating and thought it was something I was eating. I certainly didn’t think it could be cancer. I did put it off for a while, but then things got worse. I started getting really tired and the bloating wasn’t going down – that’s really not like me, so I knew I had to see the GP.”

Ogunleye visited her GP........

© HuffPost

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