Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer, or cancer of the ovaries, is one of the most common types of cancer in women.

The ovaries are a pair of small organs located low in the tummy that are connected to the womb and store a woman’s supply of eggs.

Ovarian cancer mainly affects women who have been through the menopause (usually over the age of 50), but it can sometimes affect younger women.Information:

Symptoms of ovarian cancer

Common symptoms of ovarian cancer include:

  • feeling constantly bloated
  • a swollen tummy
  • discomfort in your tummy or pelvic area
  • feeling full quickly when eating
  • needing to pee more often than usual

The symptoms are not always easy to recognise because they’re similar to those of some more common conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

When to see a GP

See a GP if:

  • you have been feeling bloated, particularly more than 12 times a month
  • you have other symptoms of ovarian cancer that will not go away
  • you have a family history of ovarian cancer and are worried you may be at a higher risk of getting it

It’s unlikely you have cancer, but it’s best to check. A GP can do some simple tests to see if you have it.

If you have already seen a GP and your symptoms continue or get worse, go back to them and explain this.

If you have a family history of ovarian cancer, a GP may refer you to a genetics specialist to discuss the option of genetic testing to check your ovarian cancer risk.

Causes of ovarian cancer

The exact cause of ovarian cancer is unknown.

But some things may increase a woman’s risk of getting it, such as:

  • being over the age of 50
  • a family history of ovarian or breast cancer – this could mean you have inherited genes that increase your cancer risk
  • hormone replacement therapy (HRT) – although any increase in cancer risk is likely to be very small
  • endometriosis – a condition where tissue that behaves like the lining of the womb is found outside the womb
  • being overweight
  • smoking
  • lack of exercise
  • exposure to asbestos

Treatment for ovarian cancer

The treatment for ovarian cancer depends on things such as how far the cancer has spread and your general health.

The main treatments are:

  • surgery to remove as much of the cancer as possible – this will often involve removing both ovaries, the womb and the tubes connecting them to each other (fallopian tubes)
  • chemotherapy – this is usually used after surgery to kill any remaining cancer cells, but is occasionally used before surgery to shrink the cancer

Treatment will aim to cure the cancer whenever possible. If the cancer has spread too far to be cured, the aim is to relieve symptoms and control the cancer for as long as possible.

Outlook for ovarian cancer

The earlier ovarian cancer is diagnosed and treated, the better the chance of a cure.

But often it’s not recognised until it’s already spread and a cure is not possible.

Even after successful treatment, there’s a high chance the cancer will come back within the next few years.

If it does come back, it cannot usually be cured. But chemotherapy may help reduce the symptoms and keep the cancer under control for several months or years.

Overall, around half of women with ovarian cancer will live for at least 5 years after diagnosis, and about 1 in 3 will live at least 10 years.

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Great Run Solo – December Accumulator Challenge

Great Run Solo – December Accumulator Challenge

What is it?
It’s a Christmas themed virtual running challenge – participants have to complete 12 runs (or more) of any distance between 1 – 25 December to earn a unique medal. The challenge includes an optional distance challenge, with a bespoke digital certificate awarded to anyone who completes a distance award.

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The challenge runs from 1-25 December. Entries are open now and close on Tuesday 8 December at 10am.

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The Naked Rugby Players Do It Again

We are very excited to announce that the brilliant Naked Rugby Players have decided to do a 2021 calender raising funds and awareness of male cancer.

They are brilliant. This year because of the pandemic they are using previously unseen pictures!

There are several options so check out the offers below.

The Naked Rugby Players Calendar 2021  Unseen Bits  RRP £10.00 + P&P

2020, What was all that about? It’s been a crazy old year all over the World and back here in the UK with national and local lockdowns. Sadly it has been impossible for The Naked Rugby Players team to get clubs together for a 2021 Calendar. However, we felt the need to pull something together so we can continue to support Inclusive Rugby and Balls To Cancer even more so during these difficult times. So, we’ve trawled through the thousands of pictures taken over the past 3 years and from 15 teams and hundreds of players to bring you The Naked Rugby Players 2021 – Unseen Bits!

Size: A4 Landscape opening to A3 portrait.

All Images copyright 20172021 Diverse Retailing Ltd and Monty McKinnen Photography

Tackle Calendar 2021 – 1st Edition RRP £14.99 + P&P

From the makers of The Naked Rugby Players Calendar, a new 2021 Calendar (and soon to be magazine) is launched – tackle. 

Featuring 12 lads from across the UK, all photographed in their own homes, this arty calendar celebrates the male body in all its glory. Championing body positivity and supporting the Balls To Cancer Charity, this is one calendar you’ll certainly not be gifting to someone else!

1st EDITION PRINT RUN COPIES.

All Images copyright 2021 Diverse Retailing Ltd  / Jake Hook and Monty McKinnen Photography

The Naked Rugby Players Calendar 2021 – Unseen Bits + Tackle Calendar 2021 – 1st Edition Bundle RRP £19.99 + P&P

2020, What was all that about? It’s been a crazy old year all over the World and back here in the UK with national and local lockdowns. Sadly it has been impossible for The Naked Rugby Players team to get clubs together for a 2021 Calendar. However, we felt the need to pull something together so we can continue to support Inclusive Rugby and Balls To Cancer even more so during these difficult times. So, we’ve trawled through the thousands of pictures taken over the past 3 years and from 15 teams and hundreds of players to bring you The Naked Rugby Players 2021 Unseen Bits!

Plus in this bundle, you also get a copy of our brand new calendar, tackle for just £19.99 (saving £5.00), featuring 12 guys in the nude.

Both calendars are A4 sizing, opening in the middle to reveal a picture and boxed area for notes and diary entries.

All Images copyright 2017 – 2021 Diverse Retailing Ltd / Jake Hook and Monty McKinnen Photography

Postage Costs (Based on Max of 2 calendars per order). 
UK = £2.99