September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and we’re kicking it off by participating in National Wear Teal Day. Corbin and Lyley rocked their homemade, teal shirts again. But I couldn’t get them to look at me and the camera for my life! Maybe it was the sun, or maybe it was Jeep running around like a mad dog behind me… Anyway, enjoy!
There is no effective early detection method for ovarian cancer. It is usually diagnosed in advanced stages, and only about half of women survive longer than five years. About 25% of ovarian cancers are found early. Those women have a 90% or greater chance of surviving longer than five years. Most women with ovarian cancer have some symptoms. However, these symptoms are often vague.
Contact your doctor if any of the following symptoms occur for more than two weeks:
• General abdominal discomfort or pain (gas, indigestion, pressure, swelling, bloating, cramps)
• Bloating and/or a feeling of fullness, even after a light meal
• Nausea, diarrhea, constipation or frequent urination
• Unexplained weight loss or gain
• Loss of appetite
• Abnormal vaginal bleeding
• Unusual fatigue