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Ovarian cancer symptoms missed

26th August 2009

According to a study by researchers at the University of Bristol, the symptoms of ovarian cancer are not being spotted quickly enough.

The team identified persistent abdominal bloating as a key symptom of the cancer, which is not currently listed as a warning sign to GPs. "If it were, some women could have their diagnosis speeded up by many months. Symptoms are common and often reported, even in early - and potentially curable - cancers. Ovarian cancer is not silent, rather its sound is going unheard," they wrote in the British Medical Journal.

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