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    Knowing the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer could save your life

    WOMEN living in Tameside and Glossop are being advised on how spot the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer.
    NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is backing World Ovarian Cancer Day on 8 May to globally raise awareness in solidarity in the fight against ovarian cancer.
    Local women who have been feeling bloated most days for three weeks or more are advised to get in touch with their GP practice as it could be a sign of ovarian cancer. 
    Ovarian cancer is when abnormal cells in the ovary begin to grow and divide in an uncontrolled way, and eventually form a growth – tumour. 
    Chances are the symptoms experienced are nothing to worry about, but finding cancer early makes it more treatable.
    Anyone who has concerns can also benefit from attending the cancer awareness roadshow due to be held at Ashton Market (outdoor), Market St, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 6BZ on 4 and 5 May.  These dates are subject to last minute change due to the current COVID situation and people are advised to keep updated regarding any date changes at: https://www.tamesideandglossopccg.org/your-health/cancer
    NHS services are still open and GP practices, in particular, want to hear from anyone who may have signs or symptoms of ovarian cancer.
    People can be reassured that if they need medical attention their GP practice is still there for them and they will determine how to best support patients, based on their symptoms. 
    NHS staff are working to ensure that, wherever possible, cancer treatment can continue safely. This includes re-establishing COVID-secure cancer hubs and consolidating cancer surgery, prioritising people for surgery centrally based on clinical need and drawing on the independent sector to increase capacity.
    Dr Ashwin Ramachandra, Co-Chair at NHS Tameside and Glossop CCG, said: “Cancer services remain an absolute priority for the NHS. Thanks to the efforts of NHS staff, cancer services have been maintained throughout the pandemic so treatment can continue safely.
    “If a friend or family member has been experiencing the signs or symptoms of ovarian cancer encourage them to contact their GP practice. 
    “Your NHS is here to see you, safely.”
    Visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/ovarian-cancer/ for more information.
    Information on how to access your GP practice can be found at: https://www.tamesideandglossopccg.org/coronavirus/primarycareservices
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