September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Doctors Explain Early Symptoms

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Doctors Explain Early Symptoms

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) – September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Research shows that it is one of the leading causes of cancer death in women.

Ovarian cancer affects thousands of women each year. According to The Clarity Foundation, it is also one of the most difficult diseases known to medicine.

The most common symptoms of ovarian cancer include:

– Bloated or swollen belly

– Persistent pain in the abdomen or pelvis

– Difficulty eating, feeling of constant satiety

– Increased urination

These symptoms are also seen with many other common conditions. As a result, only about 24% of women with ovarian cancer are diagnosed early.

In addition, family history can also play an important role in a person’s risk.

Dr. David Iglesias, gynecology specialist at the Carilion Clinic, advises women to pay attention to their bodies, especially if they notice anything abnormal.

“The symptoms of ovarian cancer can be very vague and non-specific and very difficult to identify because they often develop very gradually over time. It’s not often just an afterthought, after someone has really, really been diagnosed with cancer, he can look back and think back and say, okay, yeah, maybe I felt some of those symptoms So kind of an awareness – I still recommend all women to be aware of their body patterns, you know, symptoms they’re having or something that doesn’t seem right, especially if it’s in those categories that could be discussed,” the Dr. David Iglesias, specialist in gynecology at the Carilion clinic.

Doctors say that if symptoms are new and persistent, you should see your health care provider.

Other symptoms such as constipation or fatigue, diarrhea and spotting between periods are also often reported by women with ovarian cancer. To learn more, you can visit the American Cancer Society website.

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