Ovarian cancer is the 9th most common cancer in women, but it’s the 5th leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women in the United States. It accounts for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. It has a frighteningly high mortality rate because its symptoms are non-specific and it often isn’t caught until it’s very advanced. This year, over 20,000 American women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and 15,000 American women will die from ovarian cancer. It’s worth noting that those mortality rates haven’t gone down since I last posted this 2 years ago.
The best way to protect yourself is to know the facts and know your body. The symptoms are vague, but there ARE symptoms:
– Abdominal pressure, fullness, swelling or bloating
– Urinary urgency
– Pelvic discomfort or pain
– Persistent indigestion, gas or nausea
– Unexplained changes in bowel habits, including diarrhea or constipation
– Changes in bladder habits, including a frequent need to urinate
– Loss of appetite
– Unexplained weight loss or gain
– Increased abdominal girth or clothes fitting tighter around your waist
– Pain during intercourse (dyspareunia)
– A persistent lack of energy
– Low back pain
Never second guess youself when you don’t feel right. The life you save could be your own.
For more information about ovarian cancer, visit the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.