Recent statistics show that 50 per cent of those who suffer with a distended stomach on the regular fail to seek medical advice, even though it’s a tell-tale sign of ovarian cancer. In fact, one study found that women are more likely to reach for yoghurt, probiotics or try tweaking their diets than visit their GP.
And although, of course, not all cases of bloating are due to the disease, any delay in diagnosis is concerning. Especially since two thirds (66 per cent) of ovarian cancer patients find out late in the game, making it far more difficult to treat.
"A probiotic yoghurt should not be preventing a woman from visiting the GP promptly if something is worrying her," Annwen Jones, chief executive for Target Ovarian Cancer says.
“Women should not be risking their lives because of the enduring awareness around the symptoms of ovarian cancer. If women know ovarian cancer symptoms such as persistent bloating and are able to link them to ovarian cancer early on, lives will be saved.”
It’s estimated that one woman dies every 10 hours from ovarian cancer, with two out of three having not heard of the disease before their diagnosis.