Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month - Yes, there are symptoms

In the United States September is designated Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

Nine years ago I had just started chemotherapy for Stage 3b Ovarian Cancer. Back then I didn't know very much about ovarian cancer and the symptom consensus statement (2007) hadn't been written yet.

Today many organizations like the national organizations- OCNA, NOCC, OCRF as well as numerous smaller foundations are concentrating on sharing the symptoms of ovarian cancer with women in their communities.

Just in case you miss some of those incredible awareness campaigns,  the symptoms of ovarian cancer are:

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic / abdominal pain
  • Feeling full/ difficulty eating
  • Frequent urination

Other symptoms include fatigue, back pain, constipation and menstrual irregularity.

If you experience symptoms for more than 2 weeks please see your gynecologist.

Every Day is a Blessing!

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