Women 'risking their health by putting family first'

Doctors have long warned that men are prone to avoid going to the GP because they would rather ignore health problems.

But women also delay seeking advice – putting their health at risk, a poll by the Ovarian Cancer Action charity has found.

Research suggests that women wait before seeking medical advice because they do not prioritise their own health over that of their family.

Women wait before seeking medical advice because they do not prioritise their own health over that of their family. By comparison, it would take them just five days to act on the health of their children (file photo)

The survey suggests that women will, on average, take 15 days to seek professional advice for a health complaint. 

By comparison, it would take them just five days to act on the health of their children, six for a partner and eight for their parents.

Women even put the health needs of their pets before their own, taking seven days to take animals to the vet. 

The survey of 1,000 British women also revealed a worrying lack of awareness of ovarian cancer, which affects around 7,000 women a year.

Some 90 per cent of respondents did not know all of the symptoms, while 32 per cent could not name any at all.

Women will take immediate action on symptoms of breast cancer, with 68 per cent acting in less than a week if they found a lump in their

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