Saturday, September 25, 2010

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

                                      September is the National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. I wanted to take the oportunity to raise awareness of the risk factors and signs and symptoms of this deadly disease. Its proven that Ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system, yet it accounts for only about 3 percent of all cancers in women.Ovarian cancer is cancer that starts in the ovaries. The ovaries are the female reproductive organs that produce eggs.
                                       Early-stage ovarian cancer can cause symptoms, although these symptoms also occur with many other conditions. You should see your doctor if you have the following symptoms on a daily basis for more than a few weeks:
  • Abdominal pressure, fullness, swelling or bloating
  • Urinary urgency
  • Pelvic discomfort or pain
  • Persistent indigestion, gas or nausea
  • Unexplained changes in bowel habits, such as constipation
  • Changes in bladder habits, including a frequent need to urinate
  • Loss of appetite or quickly feeling full
  • Increased abdominal girth or clothes fitting tighter around your waist
  • Pain during intercourse (dyspareunia)
  • A persistent lack of energy
  • Low back pain
  • Changes in menstruation
For more information on ovarian cancer, please visit:
American Cancer Society
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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