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KNOW THE SYMPTOMS.

SEREN HUGHES' cancer was caught at an early stage, and she was able to restart her university course in September 2015.

She was one of the lucky ones. More than half of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer die from the disease. But if caught early, the chance of surviving ovarian cancer for five years or more doubles from just 46% to more than 90%.

And yet too many women aren't able to recognise symptoms of the disease that could potentially save their life.

Seren shared her story as part of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and says it is crucial that more women are aware of their bodies, and don't ignore things that 'just don't feel right'.

Symptoms of ovarian cancer are frequent (they usually happen more than 12 times a month) and persistent, and include: Increased abdominal size/ persistent bloating Difficulty eating/feeling full Pelvic or abdominal pain Needing to wee more urgently or more often Other symptoms can include unexpected weight loss, change in bowel habits, and extreme fatigue.

If you regularly experience any of these symptoms, which are not normal for you, it is important that you see your GP. It is unlikely that your symptoms are caused by a serious problem, but it is important to be checked out.

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