Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the United States and is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among U.S. women. The American Cancer Society estimates that 21,650 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the U.S. in 2008 and about 15,520 women will die from the disease. It is an insidious disease that can strike without warning or cause.
* Listen to your body, do not ignore symptoms and have an annual rectovaginal pelvic exam
- Vague but persistent gastrointestinal complaints such as gas, nausea, and indigestion
- Frequency and/or urgency of urination
- Unexplained change in bowel habits
- Pelvic and/or abdominal swelling and/or pain; bloating and/or a feeling of fullness
- Weight gain or loss
- On-going fatigue
- Abnormal postmenopausal bleeding
- Pain during intercourse
• Increasing age, with highest occurrence in women over 50
I'm glad I listened to my body - I knew I didn't feel right. That is what saved ME. That is why I am here to be a mom to these 2 wonderful kiddos. It is why I am almost at the 10 year remission point. I am grateful. So very grateful.