Ovarian cancer is the ninth most common cancer among women, but ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer related to death.
September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Dr. Edward Yeomans, from the Department of OB-GYN at Texas Tech, says even though the disease is usually diagnosed in the later stages...those patients are looking back at possible symptoms. They are also sharing "clues" that might provide an earlier warning to other women.
"There's a group of symptoms that women complain of: pelvic or abdominal pain, urinary frequency or urgency, abdominal bloating. Or what we call early satiety, which is feeling the fullness when you've only eaten amount, or difficulty eating, and that constellation of symptoms along with age can pick up many of the cases."
Dr. Yeomans says there is no screening for ovarian cancer, but it's that yearly check-up with your gynecologist that often reveals the problem.
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