September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. According to the ACS, 19,710 women will receive a new diagnosis in 2023, and 13,270 women will die.
Ovarian cancer can be difficult to pinpoint and diagnose in its earlier stages. Signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer can include bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, trouble eating or feeling full quickly, and urinary symptoms such as increased urgency or frequency. These symptoms are often overlooked and may also be associated with other conditions. Therefore, it is important to listen to your body, communicate any changes or symptoms with your doctor, and stay up to date with screenings. Early detection is the best prevention.
Remember YOU know your body best! It is your right to get a second opinion if you feel as though your concerns are not being addressed. Check out the American Cancer Societies’ guide to ovarian cancer.