I know I published a post already today, but this deserves some attention. Today, May 8th, is World Ovarian Cancer Day. Almost a quarter of a million women are diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer each year. It is a disease that is near to my family. Someone very special to us if currently fighting the illness.
Ovarian Cancer patients are 45% likely to survive for 5 years compared to 89% of those surviving Breast Cancer. It has the lowest survival rate of all gynecological cancers.
May 8, 2013 is the first World Ovarian Cancer Day! Organizations from around the world will work together to educate communities about Ovarian Cancer. Please head over to the Ovarian Cancer Day site for more information.
Below are a list of symptoms directly from the Ovarian Cancer Day site. Please visit their site for more info.
It is difficult to diagnose Ovarian Cancer because the symptoms are often confused with other things. Experts believe that it is the frequency in which patients experience symptoms that will help determine if it is Ovarian Cancer or another disorder.
If a woman has one or more of the following symptoms on most days of a 3 week period then they should speak with their doctor.
- Increased abdominal size / persistent bloating (not bloating that comes and goes)
- Difficulty eating/feeling full quickly
- Abdominal or pelvic pain
- Needing to pass urine more urgently or more frequently
There could be other symptoms as well, but the above four are key. Other symptoms may include vaginal bleeding, fatigue, weight loss or gain, or change in bowel movements.
Please join me speading the word about Ovarian Cancer.