Women, Take Heed

In these waning days of September, the month dedicated to ovarian cancer awareness, I would be remiss not to list the signs and symptoms of this silent killer:

Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

Even in its early stages ovarian cancer has symptoms. Research indicates that 95 percent of women with ovarian cancer had symptoms and 90 percent of women experienced symptoms with early-stage ovarian cancer. Symptoms vary from woman to woman and many times depend on the location of the tumor and its impact on the surrounding organs. Many of the symptoms mimic other conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome.

The Gynecologic Cancer Foundation, the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists and the American Cancer Society, with significant support from the Alliance formed a consensus statement on ovarian cancer. The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance has endorsed the consensus statement, which was announced in June 2007. The statement follows.

Historically ovarian cancer was called the “silent killer” because symptoms were not thought to develop until the chance of cure was poor. However, recent studies have shown this term is untrue and that the following symptoms are much more likely to occur in women with ovarian cancer than women in the general population. These symptoms include:

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
  • Urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency)

Women with ovarian cancer report that symptoms are persistent and represent a change from normal for their bodies. The frequency and/or number of such symptoms are key factors in the diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Several studies show that even early stage ovarian cancer can produce these symptoms.

Women who have these symptoms almost daily for more than a few weeks should see their doctor, preferably a gynecologist. Prompt medical evaluation may lead to detection at the earliest possible stage of the disease. Early stage diagnosis is associated with an improved prognosis.

Please visit OCNA for more information.

9 responses to “Women, Take Heed

  1. Well, I guess you were able to make the leap over. Did you just use a new password or the same password?

    As far as overbearing cancer, it is a very scary thing indeed. I need to talk to my brother about having his daughter inoculated in order to help protect her in the future. It won’t eradicate the chance, but it will significantly reduce it.

  2. It’s going to take a while to get used to this. I guess I’ll have to concentrate on my context more than just putting pretty things up on the site.

    Do they have a booklist like we had at spaces? I guess that’s not really too important.

  3. It’s a shame, but my photo is 19 years old and it’s the only one I have on my computer. I need to move some of my other photos over to this computer. My am I a big procrastinator

  4. Hi Gail,

    WordPress, eh? Guess I”m going to have to switch over sooner than later….just stopped over to see what was going on. Thanks for posting the info on ovarian cancer. Take care.

    Carol : )

  5. Hello! I finally got on my “Space” and see we have to make a move… and then I see you’ve already done it! How is it working out? I am wondering if I need to somehow save the pics and things on my old space… but I still don’t have my own computer set up… do we lose our ‘friends’ list? That’s really the only thing I would miss, I suppose. Do you see the email of everyone who comments? I wonder if that would keep some people from posting…

    Sorry to blab on! Besides that, how are you doing? I am doing alright, and will post on my own site once I get this dealy figured out!

    • No one sees your email address. I was able to transfer everything over from spaces but can return to “home” via msn or hotmail email.

      I’m having a time of it trying to figure this place out but I think it will be okay. Wish I had waited a little long to swith over, though.

      I am alright except for fatigue. Glad to hear you are well. Hope you and the crew are settling in well. Happy to be home?

  6. hey there Gail,
    I’m just trying to find out if you can get to my other blog through my comments. I ended up switching my other page over to an old profile I had forgotten about.
    If not, it’s at the following website.

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