Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is September and it is a time taken to shine a light on the struggle of women and families of women that have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is one of the deadliest of women’s cancers affecting over twenty-one thousand women in the United States alone. This cancer is found most commonly in women in their fifties and sixties and many are genetically predisposed to ovarian cancer and may carry the BRCA mutation gene.
There is no adequate screening test for ovarian cancer at this time which is the reason that it often gets into the late stages before it is diagnosed and is so deadly. The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often very subtle and can be easily confused with other afflictions. These symptoms may include tenderness in the pelvic and stomach area, bloating, difficulty eating, urinary frequency or urgency, weight gain, backaches, gas, nausea, irregular stool, and extreme fatigue. Unfortunately, these are not things that a lot of people seek a doctor’s opinion on. If ovarian cancer is caught in the early stages the five year survival rate is over ninety-three percent.
Everyone can get involved in Ovarian Cancer Awareness month and can help spread the word about the importance of this month. There are many ways that people can get involved this month. You can help by spreading the word about Ovarian Cancer Awareness month through social media or by word-of-mouth. You can also donate to the cause to aid the research and help to find a screening test that can accurately detect ovarian cancer in the early stages. Lastly, but certainly not least, you can organize fundraisers and community events to raise money and awareness for the cause. Everyone is affected by ovarian cancer and we should all take steps to prevent it!