September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in the U.S.
Teal is the color for ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is often called the silent killer because the symptoms mimic so many other diseases that it is sometimes misdiagnosed and the cancer isn’t found until it is in late stage.
Did you know…
A woman’s lifetime risk of Ovarian Cancer is 1 in 75.
A pap test does NOT detect ovarian cancer.
There is NO early detection test for ovarian cancer.
Symptoms include but are not limited to:
- Pelvic/abdominal pain
- Difficulty eating or feeling full after a few bites
- Urinary urgency/frequency
- Menstrual irregularities
Please be your own advocate and listen to your body. If you have these symptoms and they persist, please see your doctor. Early detection is the best way to beat this horrible disease.
Last year I posted about my ovarian cancer journey. I will be forever grateful to all of my medical team, family, friends, and total strangers who helped me through the toughest time in my life.
Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecological cancers in the United States, and the fifth leading cause of cancer death in American women. Please see your gynecologist every year and if you suspect something is wrong, see your doctor right away.