Did you know that pap smears cannot detect ovarian cancer? Ovarian cancer is a silent killer and it only whispers to its host. In the month of September, we raise awareness for one of the silent cancers: Ovarian Cancer. Ovarian cancer affects the ovaries in the female reproductive system. Experts still do not know what is the direct cause of ovarian cancers. We write this article to tell you the risk factors, warning signs, and symptoms so that you can know what to look for. The earlier that this cancer is found, the easier it is to treat.
What are some of the risk factors?
Many risk factors of ovarian cancer can be found in your own genes. If your family has a history of ovarian cancer, this increases your risk. Postmenopausal women are mainly affected by this cancer.
Other risk factors include:
- You have never had a baby
- You have started your menstrual cycle before 12 and ended menopause after age 50
- You are unable to become pregnant
- You have used hormone therapy for menopause symptoms
What are some of the warning signs?
Many of these symptoms can mimic other illnesses and problems within the reproductive system.
Warning signs include:
- Frequent bloating
- Pain in your lower belly and/or pelvis
- Trouble eating or fulling full quickly
- Urinary problems, such as an urgent need to urinate or urinating more often then usual
Always make sure that you are following up routinely with your gynecologist and always bring up any concerns you may have. Remember that you know your body the best!
Throughout the month of September, we raise awareness and we will be posting some wonderful articles about survivors, donations, etc!
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