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Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month! According to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, an estimated 1 in every 75 woman will develop ovarian cancer within their lifetime. Ovarian cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancerous) cells are found inside, near, or on the outer layer of the ovaries. Cancer cells multiply uncontrollably, which can cause tumors. Tumors can put pressure on other organs near the ovaries. 

When one is diagnosed and treated in the earliest stages, the 5-year survival rate is over 90%. Signs and symtoms of ovarian cancer are commonly vague or silent, but sometimes symtoms can be detected. Some of these signs and symptoms are bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, trouble eating or feeling full quickly, feeling the need to urinate urgently or often, fatigue, upset stomach, pack pain, pain during sex, and constipation or menstrual changes. If symptoms are new and persist for more than 2 weeks, it is recommended to see a doctor. 

All women are at risk for ovarian cancer. Other risk factors include genetic predisposition, family history or breast, avarian, or colon cancer, increasing age, and infertility. 


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