September is ovarian cancer awareness month and teal is our color. This month is not about wearing teal. It is about spreading the word about this deadly disease. My mission in life is to keep speaking out about ovarian cancer until every woman is as informed about it as they are for breast cancer. I have written this information before, but if each of you send this blog to all your friends, awareness will be increased, and perhaps we will see a decrease in the mortality rate.
1. Bloating or increased of abdominal size
2. Abdominal pain
3. Feeling full quickly after eating less than normal
4. Urgent need to urinate
5. Painful intercourse
6. Change in bowel habits
These are not unusual symptoms for any woman, no matter her age. They are similar to menstrual, menopausal or post-menopausal signs. The key is if they are new, recurrent, or worsening for more than 2 weeks. That is why it is important to document and take that information to a physician.
If you have any of the following risk factors, then it is imperative to see a gynecologist, or a gynecologist-oncologist is ideal.
1. History of breast, cervical, rectal, uterine, colon, or ovarian cancer; or family history of same.
2. Never been pregnant
3. Eastern Jewish descent
4. Risk increases with age.
There is always HOPE and I believe that education AND research are the keys to winning this "battle". We teal sisters of ovarian cancer thank you for your support and helping us to get the word out.