Monday, September 12, 2011

Ovarian Cancer: The Silent Killer

Ovarian Cancer.

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!

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6 comments:

MissMOE said...

This is good information to be aware of. Thanks for sharing.

Sennie said...

So glad your SIL is ok! Thanks for promoting. Here from the Hop!

Wonder said...

you are right, and it think it is easy for women to ignore symptoms. my mother-in-law has this type of cancer and it has aggressively taken over much of her internal organs. it is not easy, but she does love Jesus. thanks for sharing this.

Wendy said...

Hi!
Thanks for calling attention to ovarian cancer symptoms. I am an ovarian cancer survivor. I invite you to come over and read my ovarian cancer testimony at http://www.wendygunn.net/2009/09/my-cancer-testimony/
My story is amazing, but it is ALL God's work!

Praise the Lord that your SIL's cancer was caught early!
Thanks again,
Wendy Gunn
Faith's Firm Foundation
www.wendygunn.net

Amy said...

Thanks for sharing that list of symptoms. A close friend's mother has been battling this for some time, and I know it's difficult to diagnose early.

Kelli- AdventurezInChild'Rearing said...

thank you for the reminder! I love the pics of your children- cutie pies! I'm a fellow homeschool mommy blogger- great post.

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