Between family, career and a social life, most mothers struggle to find time in the day for themselves.
But being too busy to look after yourself could be fatal, health experts warn.
New research has found an increasing number of women are neglecting to go to the doctor with potentially life-threatening symptoms.
Why? Because they feel too busy with family or work commitments.
The study, by Ovarian Cancer Action, revealed more than a quarter of women place work above the doctor on their priorities list.
More than a third said looking after their family came before anything else.
Further, 14 per cent of women said that spending time with their partner is more important than seeking medical help.
Other reasons for foregoing a trip to the GP include feeling judged, being too embarrassed, or the belief that they won’t be taken seriously.
Chief Executive at Ovarian Cancer Action, Katherine taylor, said: “The reluctance for women to seek help and speak up about health issues is really worrying but it’s not hard to understand.
“From being too busy or feeling too shy, to prioritising the needs of our families or our jobs – every woman is different and there are myriad reasons that health issues may not take precedence in the busy lives we lead.
“However, in diseases like ovarian cancer – in which symptoms can be vague and diagnosis is tricky – we, as women, need to listen to our bodies, keep a close eye on our health and be persistent with doctors if we think something is wrong.”
In addition to being the most deadly gynaecological cancer, ovarian is the fifth most common cancer among women. The news follows a recent study that revealed screening for ovarian cancer can cut deaths by more than a quarter.
Symptoms include persistent stomach pain or bloating, finding it difficult to eat or feeling full quickly and needing to wee more often.
Back pain, changes in bowel habits and constantly feeling tired may also be warning signs.
Ovarian Cancer Action advise women to keep a diary to document their symptoms and present to your doctor as soon as possible.
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