Teal Tuesday – Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

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:

  • Bloating
  • 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.

 

 

 

15 thoughts on “Teal Tuesday – Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

  1. One of my coworkers, 42, was just diagnosed with stage 3, She only noticed when she had and an abnormal period and went to hospital thinking she had a miscarriage. She has
    finished chem, and two surgeries. She reports, she is weak but so far so good. Thanks for this message.

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  2. I’m so happy you are a survivor and here to tell us all the important information that we need to know! Thank the Good Lord for YOU!!
    Thank you for the reminder my dear friend.

    Prayers for the first woman in the comments…🙏

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    1. Thank you! They did it after I went to the doctor with my symptoms. Mine was very high and has remained low ever since I finished treatments. It’s not a reliable test because some women with ovarian cancer have a very low number.

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