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My journey as a writer began as a child, but my first published book came as a result of my ovarian cancer diagnosis. The title is Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir which received three awards. All proceeds are donated to gynecologic cancer research. I am a member of Rave Reviews Book Club. Follow me on Twitter @KIngallsAuthor www.facebook.com/KarenIngalls, and you can find my books at www.amazon.com. ALL ORIGINAL CONTENT COPYRIGHT 2011 THROUGH 2018.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015


                                                                  PLEASE READ:
       "I received an email from a young lady named Teresa in response to last week's blog. She commented that she realized how many of the symptoms of ovarian cancer she had been experiencing. She went to the doctor, had an ultrasound, and now is awaiting an appointment to know her diagnosis."


                                            SOME DATA ABOUT OVARIAN CANCER
  1.    Did you know that 1 in every 70 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer?
  2.    Most of us do not have a history of ovarian cancer, but might have a family history of colon,                breast, or prostate cancer?
  3.    There is no accurate test to detect ovarian cancer.
  4.    About 70% of us will not survive 5 years.
  5.    Yet there is poor funding available for research. 
  6.    And a minimal number of awareness programs.

                             PAP SMEARS DO NOT DETECT OVARIAN CANCER.
                                            (It only detects cervical cancer.)

However, women need to get a pelvic/rectal exam every year to detect possible ovarian, uterine, or rectal disorders or cancer.

                                            KNOW YOUR FAMILY HISTORY

Know both sides...fathers can pass genes on that affect a woman's health.
Be sure to alert your physician to any family history of colon, breast, or ovarian cancers.

                                               WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS?

  • Family history
  • BRCA1 and/or BRCA2 positive test results
  • Eastern Jewish heritage
  • History of polycystic syndrome
  • History of smoking
  • Never having been pregnant
  • Taken HRT (estrogen hormone replacement therapy)
  • Had fertility treatment
  • Started menstruation before 12 years
  • Risk increases with age.

                                             BE YOUR OWN ADVOCATE

According to a small, non-scientific survey I did last spring, it was quite evident that physicians did not always listen to concerns or symptoms nor ask about family history. Only 25% of the doctors did listen and ask the right questions. There are times when we must be strong in our resolve and demand for certain tests (transvaginal ultrasound and CA125). 

                  "My family doctor only did testing because I demanded it after she sent me home the 
                   first time and I still didn't feel better after 2 months later." 
                                                   Diagnosed Stage IIIC

Recommended links:

Order your copy of Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir now at a discounted rate www.outshineovariancancer.com

 On Sept. 17th at 11:00 am CDT I will be interviewed on RRBC SPOTLIGHT HONORS for my book, Novy's Son. It is a novel about one man's journey seeking love and acceptance from his father.
Join the conversation on Twitter by sending in questions/comments using #RRBCSpotlightHonors.                           

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