Did you know that September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month?
Do you know what ovarian cancer is?
Have you ever heard of it?
Ovarian cancer awareness is very important to me because my sister in law was diagnosed with late Stage 1C, early Stage 2A aggressive, fast growing (because of estrogen sensitive) ovarian cancer on December 23rd, 2005. She was still in her 20s. Praise the Lord that she’s no longer battling this! Since then it’s been something that I try to spread awareness of. Since it’s September, I figured this was as good of a time as any to “spread awareness”!
Signs and Symptoms
Abdominal pressure, fullness, swelling or bloating
Pelvic discomfort or pain- An unusual feeling of fullness or discomfort in the pelvic region
Unexplainable indigestion, gas, or bloating that is not relieved with over-the-counter antacids
Changes in bowel habits, such as constipation
Changes in bladder habits, including a frequent need to urinate
Loss of appetite or quickly feeling full
Increased abdominal girth or clothes fitting tighter around your waist
A persistent lack of energy
Low back pain
Early symptoms often mimic other illnesses. Know your body and don’t just accept any answer! My sister in law saved her life because she refused to accept her doctor’s original diagnosis. She kept searching until she found her answer. Ladies, know your body! Did you see the signs and symptoms above? They don’t necessarily scream “cancer”, do they? I’m not saying you should self diagnose, but you need to be aware of what’s going on in your body so that you don’t ignore something that’s more serious.
Did you know that ovarian cancer is often called “the silent killer” because many times there are no symptoms until the diseases has progressed to an advanced stage?
This is serious!
Early detection offers a high cure rate, but a lack of symptoms means that a larger portion of women will have the cancer spread to their abdomens by the time the cancer is detected. Most women die within 5 years of this. PRAISE GOD THAT MY SISTER IN LAW IS ALIVE AND WELL!
One more thing, a pap smear does not detect this! Know your body and listen to it!
Spread the word! Let’s go TEAL! T.E.A.L. Take Early Action and Live!
Check out the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition website for tons more information!
I will be linking up with some blog hops in the coming days. The more people that read this, the better! Please spread the word!