Quick: what are the symptoms of ovarian cancer? You probably know what to look for regarding breast cancer, skin cancer or a heart attack, but most women are unaware of the signs of this deadly disease. Early detection dramatically increases survival rates of ovarian cancer, and it is critical to learn the symptoms and seek treatment right away should you experience them. Read on to learn more.
|Learn the Silent Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer|
Ovarian cancer is scary. Its symptoms are vague, and there are currently no early detection tests. Often, women attribute the symptoms to other, more common ailments, so the cancer is left to grow and spread until an accurate diagnosis is made. It is currently the fifth most common cause of cancer-related deaths in women.
There is good news: if it is caught early, there is a 90% five-year survival rate. That's why this month, Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, we are spreading the word about the symptoms of this silent disease as part of the National Ovarian Cancer Commission's "Take Early Action and Live" (TEAL) campaign.
Know the Signs
A recent survey by the NOCC revealed that 85% of women did not know the symptoms of ovarian cancer, and that 82% had never spoken with a doctor about the risks of ovarian cancer. Until there is an accurate early detection test, the single most important thing you can do is remember the following symptoms:
If you are experiencing at least two to three of these symptoms clustered together and they persist for more than two weeks, you should see your doctor and ask for a combination pelvic/rectal exam. If your family history puts you at high risk for ovarian cancer (family history of breast, colon and/or ovarian cancer) ask your doctor about having a transvaginal ultrasound and CA-125 blood test.
- Persistent pelvic and stomach pain
- Increased abdominal size/persistent bloating
- Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
- Feeling the need to urinate urgently or often
Hear a local survivor's story about her journey through ovarian cancer>>
Meet Your Team
St. Francis has two physicians who specialize in gynecologic oncology, Dr. David Griffin and Dr. James Hunter, IV. Both physicians practice at Upstate Oncology Associates.
St. Francis' Cancer Risk Assessment Program (CRiSP) can help identify inherited cancer risks, such as ovarian cancer, by looking at your family background and medical history. Learn more>>
There are several ways you can show support and spread awareness about ovarian cancer:
- Forward this email to your friends, so that they will know the signs
- Wear teal on September 7 to promote awareness of the TEAL (Take Early Action and Live) campaign
- Donate to the NOCC
Meet the Newest Additions to Bon Secours Medical Group
The Bon Secours Medical Group consists of outstanding physicians and specialists who work together to bring a special level of care to our patients. We are delighted to welcome Alex Yang, MD of Upstate Oncology Associates and Shay Koch, MD of Piedmont Orthopaedic Associates to the St. Francis family!