September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in the U.S.
Teal is the color that represents ovarian cancer.
Ovarian Cancer Facts:
Ovarian cancer is the # 1 cause of gynecologic cancer deaths.
Ovarian cancer is the #5 cause of cancer related deaths in women.
Ovarian cancer is the #11 most common cancer in women.
Every 23 minutes another woman is diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the United States.
1 in 78 women will develop ovarian cancer in her lifetime.
21,750 women will be diagnosed this year, and 13,940 women will die from ovarian cancer this year.
There is no early detection test for ovarian cancer. A pap smear DOES NOT detect 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.
This year I am dedicating the month of September to ovarian cancer awareness. Look for more Teal Tuesday posts.
Statistical information from the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance “What you need to know about Ovarian Cancer”