While most of us have known at least one woman with breast cancer, we may not know a woman who is struggling with ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer -- deemed a "silent killer" due to its difficulty to diagnose -- will be identified in more than 21,000 women this year in the United States alone . More than 15,000 women will die from the disease. Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the US and is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among US women.
Common symptoms include bloating, pelvic and/or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly and urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency). Several other symptoms commonly reported by women with ovarian cancer include fatigue, indigestion, back pain, pain with intercourse, constipation, and menstrual irregularities.
These symptoms are not as useful in identifying ovarian cancer as they are also frequently found in women in the general population who do not have ovarian cancer. There is no effective screening test for ovarian cancer but there are tests which can detect ovarian cancer when patients are at high risk or have early symptoms.
By raising much needed funds, we can help turn the tides of support for many women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. If caught early, it is generally survivable. A good friend of mine, Melissa, was diagnosed at the age of 29. Because the cancer was found early and had not progressed she managed to go on to lead a wonderful life as the mother of a two year old (post cancer) and is presently pregnant with her second child.
There are success stories out there and we at Seventh Generation are proud to help support Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month this September. For every person that visits www.letstalkperiod.com and registers their email address throughout the month, we will donate $1 on their behalf to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, up to $10,000, to help support women suffering from ovarian cancer.
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