Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
Each year in the United States, the number of women diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer continues to increase: More than 22,000 new cases will be found and unfortunately over 15,000 women will die from this terrible disease.
"Most ovarian cancers are discovered at advanced stages because the early stages of the disease have no or at most, very vague symptoms. These symptoms are common-place (i.e. bloating). When ovarian cancer is discovered at an early stage it is often serendipitous, not because it was looked for. Also there is no reliable screening for ovarian cancer which hinders early detection as well."
- Christopher Sundstrom, MD
Know the symptoms:
- Abdominal pain
- Back pain
- Pain during sex
- Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
- Feeling the need to urinate urgently or often
- Upset stomach/heartburn
- Menstrual changes
- Although these symptoms may seem vague -- they do exist and will increase over time. Pay attention, be aware, and never be afraid to talk to your doctor.
For more information visit ovariancancer.org.