Cancer Keys: Ovarian Cancer and New-Onset Irritable Bowel Syndrome

12th February 2021

Potential pitfall:

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder and can mimic the symptoms of ovarian cancer.

Helpful hint:

NICE NG12 guidelines recommend carrying out appropriate tests for ovarian cancer in any woman of 50 or over who has experienced symptoms within the last 12 months that suggest irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), because IBS rarely presents for the first time in women of this age.

Cancer Keys are brought to you by GatewayC.

  • Download this Cancer Key here
  • Read the NICE NG12 guidance here
  • Read the NICE guideline on irritable bowel syndrome in adults here
  • Access GatewayC’s ‘Ovarian Cancer – Early Diagnosis’ course here


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