Pembury Evening WI

Pembury Evening WI was formed in 1964, and although times have changed and the number of members have reduced, the WI is still a place of friendship and learning and our membership is around the 35 mark, and I hope we are a welcoming group.

We are part of the National Federation of WI’s and each year members vote on a resolution we wish to see passed. In 2021 a resolution was passed to increase the awareness of Ovarian Cancer. National will use its influence to lobby for more funds into research, help doctors spot the signs etc.

Although March and Ovarian Cancer awareness month may be over, Ovarian Cancer has not unfortunately miraculously disappeared. It is one of the most common types of cancer in women, but because the early signs are similar to conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) it is often not diagnosed until it has spread and a cure is not possible.

The most common symptoms of ovarian cancer are:

Persistent bloating of the abdomen.

Difficulty eating and feeling full quickly.

Persistent abdominal and pelvic pain.

Changes in urination or bowel habit.

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Other symptoms can include:

Extreme tiredness or fatigue.

Backache.

Vaginal bleeding.

Weight loss.

If you are worried you may have this, keep a diary of your symptoms to show your GP. Keep pushing if they try to tell you it is IBS / PMS, you know your body better than anyone else.

The following websites are for the 2 main charities dedicated to Ovarian Cancer

https://www.ovacome.org.uk/

https://targetovariancancer.org.uk/

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