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In the month of September, Ovarian Cancer is one of the illnesses that we want to bring awareness to and work toward finding a treatment for this horrible disease. I bet you didn’t know that throughout their lifetime 1 in 75 women will be diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer and 1 in 100 women will lose their battle to the disease. My mother-in-law was one of them. As women, Ovarian cancer is a gender specific cancer that we have to worry about and one more thing that we need to ensure that we are testing for and ensuring that we are nice and healthy.
In order to make sure that you are free of ovarian cancer, it is VERY important that you go to your annual check up with you gynecologist to get tested for Ovarian Cancer each year. Although the most common age group that Ovarian Cancer targets is 55-64 years old, you can never be too careful and just because that is the target age group that doesn’t mean that you can’t be diagnosed at an earlier or later age.
Today we’re going to talk about a few signs and symptoms of Ovarian Cancer that you should be on the lookout and if you do experience these symptoms, you may want to get it checked out if you are at all worried about anything.
Signs & Symptoms:
-Bloating: Obviously bloating is also a common symptom of your menstrual period or even something as simple as eating salty foods. I wouldn’t necessarily assume that you may have Ovarian cancer simply because you are experiencing bloating but it is something to watch out for.
-Pelvic or Abdominal Pain: If you are having severe pains in either your pelvic or abdominal areas it could mean a whole lot of things, such as just being sick but it could also be a symptom of Ovarian cancer. If you have recurring pain or pain lasting more than a few days I would definitely check it out with your doctor.
-Urinary Urgency: Once again this doesn’t only mean that maybe you have Ovarian Cancer because it could also mean that you have a bladder infection or Urinary Tract Infection, but it can also be a sign of Ovarian Cancer. This is another thing that if it really recurring or something that lasts an extended period of time, you should get it checked out.
-Pain During Sex: This is a big one, pain during sex is not normal and something that should be talked about with your gynecologist. Once again, it doesn’t necessarily mean directly that you have Ovarian Cancer but it may be something you want to check out to see what the root cause is.
As a female, you are responsible for making sure that you are taking care of your body and doing regular routine check ups to make sure that you are free of any illnesses or things like Ovarian Cancer or Breast Cancer. Make sure that are being proactive in your life, trust me it is worth the test to possibly prevent something horrible before it is too late.