This month begins thirty days to focus and bring awareness to Ovarian Cancer. This cancer is the deadliest gynecological cancer and is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women. They are a vital component in the female reproductive system. The ovaries are located in the pelvis, one on each side of the uterus and are connected by the Fallopian tubes. These almond sized and shaped organs are the main source for producing the hormones estrogen and progesterone. The ovaries also regulate the menstrual cycle and pregnancy.
Bringing awareness to women is important and early detection can make a difference.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the following signs and symptoms below are alerts for you to notify your doctor, nurse or health care professional:
- Pain in the pelvic or abdominal area (the area below your stomach and between your hip bones).
- Back pain.
- Being tired all the time.
- Bloating, which is when the area below your stomach swells or feels full.
- A change in your bathroom habits, such as having to pass urine very badly or very often.
- An upset stomach or heartburn.
- Discharge from your vagina that is not normal for you.
See your doctor if you have any bleeding from your vagina that is not normal for you, particularly if you are past menopause. These symptoms may be caused by something other than cancer, but the only way to know is to see your doctor. The earlier ovarian cancer is found and treated, the more likely treatment will be effective.
Eye to Eye (CBS News) with Katie Couric
DON’T IGNORE THE SIGNS.
for more information about Ovarian Cancer go to www.cancer.gov
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