“Today, cancer research is on the cusp of major breakthroughs, and it isof critical national importance that we accelerate this progress and keep reaching for prevention, treatment, and a cure. Each September, in honor of the women who have been taken by ovarian cancer and the brave individuals still fighting this disease, we reaffirm our commitment to carrying forward this important work.” -President Barack Obama
As a healthcare professional I see patients daily. Every patient that walks through my door has a risk of cancer. It is important to review risk factors with each and every patient, whether they are 20 years old or 70 years old. Ovarian cancer can have many "silent" and "sneaky" symptoms. Early detection is the key to increase survival rates. Did you know that one in 75 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer during their lifetime. Do you know what the symptoms of ovarian cancer are?
Symptoms of ovarian cancer include bloating, pelvic and/or abdominal pain, difficulty eating/feeling of fullness and urinary symptoms such as frequency and urgency.
Ovarian cancer risk can be increased in women who have a family history of breast, ovarian or colon cancer, genetic mutations (like BRCA), hormone replacement, more menstrual cycles and increased age. The risk of ovarian cancer can be decreased with the removal of ovarian/fallopian tubes, childbearing, breastfeeding, oral contraceptive use and tubal ligation.
If you have a family history of ovarian cancer and/or other cancers, it is important to discuss it with your healthcare provider. You could be a candidate for genetic testing to test for hereditary cancers. It is important to know your cancer risk to develop a medical management/screening plan. Remember ladies, knowledge is power!
For more information visit: Ovarian Cancer National Alliance at http://www.ovariancancer.org/