Raise your Awareness…

Some women can be alerted to their chances of developing ovarian cancer by noting their risk factors.  Although knowing these factors is a powerful tool, it doesn’t mean that not having any of these risk factors is a guarantee you won’t developing the disease.  Awareness is important as early detection first and foremost weapon in the battle for survival.

 Don’t be afraid to discuss any symptoms and risk factors you may have with your doctor. Some of these risk factors are:

  1. Inherited genetic mutations
  2. Family history of ovarian cancer
  3. A previous diagnosis of cancer (breast, colon, rectal, uterine, etc.) will increase your risk of developing ovarian cancer
  4. Increased age
  5. Never having been pregnant
  6. Obesity
  7. Estrogen therapy for 5-10 years

Some of the early symptoms include:

  1. Bloating, a feeling of fullness, gas
  2. Frequent or urgent urination
  3. Nausea, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea
  4. Menstrual disorders, pain during intercourse
  5. Fatigue, backaches