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  • Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

    September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.  This is a great time to support ovarian cancer organizations and to help raise awareness about this disease. Teal is the color used to represent and bring awareness to ovarian cancer.  The signs aren't always obvious - symptoms are sometimes described as the ovarian cancer whisper, which is why it is important for women to know their bodies. If something is causing concern, be sure speak with your doctor. There are very few warning signs, but talking to your doctor if you feel like something isn't right can be the best defense against the disease.  Actually, when detected early enough the 5 year survival rate is 93%.

     

    The main symptoms of ovarian cancer are:

    * bloating or internal gas

     * pelvic, abdominal pain or lower back pain

    * nausea, lack of appetite or feeling full quickly

    * urinary frequency or urgency

    * unexplained changes in bowel habits

    * unexplained weight loss or gain

    * decreased lack of energy that is ongoing

     

    If you have a combination of these symptoms and they last for 2-3 weeks be sure you consult your doctor.

     

     

    While the exact cause of ovarian cancer isn't known, there are some factors which can put certain people at a greater risk of developing the disease than others.

    * Age -- more specifically women over 45 years old

    * Genetics -- if you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer you are at risk of developing ovarian cancer. If you have had breast cancer your risk for ovarian cancer also increases.

    * BRCA1 or BRCA 2 -- an inherited gene mutation that puts women at a much higher risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer.

    * Infertility or No pregnancies

     

    It is important to remember that all women are at risk and that why it is so important to bring awareness and donate to cancer research organizations so they will have the funds they need to learn more about early detection, prevention ans treatment. While yearly gynecological exams do not always test for ovarian cancer, getting a routine pelvic and rectal examination is a good first step. Also, ask your doctor about the CA125 blood test, which tests the level of a substance in the blood that increases when a cancerous tumor is present. While the test can be a good tool for those at high risk of developing the disease, it isn't recommended for women of normal or ordinary risk. This is because the test can miss over 50% of cancers and can be raised by benign conditions.

    Since September is ovarian cancer awareness month, be sure to talk to the women in you life to ensure they know about the risks and symptoms associated with the disease. In addition, if you are concerned that you maybe be at risk for developing ovarian cancer have a talk with your doctor and ALL women should be getting regular check-ups.

  • Your Risk for Ovarian Cancer

    In honor of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, I wanted to share a little information about who is at risk for Ovarian Cancer.  According to the Massachusetts Ovarian Cancer Awareness Coalition, it is estimated that over 16,000 women in the U.S. will die of Ovarian Cancer this year.  No doubt it is important to know the signs and your risks.

    If you would like to read more about symptoms of Ovarian Cancer, check out my August article.

    According to the National Cancer Institute, a woman that has significant family history of Ovarian Cancer is at a higher risk herself. A close family member can be your:

    * Mother
    * Father
    * Sister
    * Brother
    * Grandparent (on your mother's or father's side)
    * Mother's sister and/or brother
    * Father's sister and/or brother

    Having a family history of cancer does not mean you are going to certainly get cancer. Many factors, such as family history and age, may increase a person's risk of cancer. Unfortunately not all of the causes are known at this time.

    To learn more about genetic testing, as well as more details on how genes affect cancer, please visit the National Cancer Institute's website.

    I encourage every woman to talk to her doctor about her risks and the signs of Ovarian Cancer.   This September, help spread the word to family and friends that being aware can significantly increase your chances of early detection, and often, survival.

    For some of my favorite Ovarian Cancer Awareness jewelry, click the pictures below:

    Ovarian Cancer Ring Ovarian Cancer Necklace Teal Ribbon Pendant

  • September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

    This September we celebrate Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, which is a wonderful opportunity to spread awareness and promote research.  Remind your sisters, mothers, and friends that regular screening and early detection is the key to survival.

    Thousands of women will be diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer this year, and many will not survive.  Please make yourself and your loved ones aware of some of the warning signs and talk to your doctor about your risks.

    For common symptoms and risk factors, please see the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund's website.  Additionally you can find out more about the Presidential Proclomation of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month on the White House website.

    From all of us here at Charming Chick, thank you for working so hard to promote Awareness of Ovarian Cancer.  Working together, we pray that one day a cure will be found.

    Ovarian Cancer Awareness Prayer Box Charm Ovarian Cancer Awareness T-shirt Ovarian Cancer Awareness Ring

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